New York City Marathon Training Plans

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New York City Marathon
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the New York City Marathon course. We take into account variables that no other training plans can match because we know how important it is to achieve your specific New York City Marathon goals.

  • Expert Training Plans

    expert plans

    Developed by certified coaches with time-tested results.

  • Runner Specific Training Plans

    Runner Specific

    We know you’re unique. Your training plan should match.

  • Race Specific Training Plans

    race Specific

    Race profile, time of year, and altitude all factor into our plans.

  • Affordable Training Plans


    Custom plans shouldn’t cost more than the race itself.


Held each year on the first Sunday of November, the New York City Marathon is the world's largest marathon. Because of its popularity, the majority of the 50,000+ runners who toe the starting line are chosen via a lottery system. If you're one of the runners selected to gain entry to this prestigious race, kick your training into high gear with a personalized New York City Marathon training program from Custom Training Plans. Our NYC Marathon training plans go above and beyond for all types of runners, from first-timers to marathon specialists.

New York City Marathon Training Plan

The New York City Marathon weaves through all five boroughs, and it demands more careful preparation than typical marathon training plans can provide. The race starts on Staten Island, and runners immediately face the climb up the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the first of five bridges on the course. Once runners descend from the bridge, the course remains fairly flat as it travels through Brooklyn for approximately 11 miles. Our New York City Marathon training plan prepares you to pace yourself as you wind through Brooklyn’s neighborhoods during the first half of the race, helping to conserve energy for what’s to come.

At the halfway point, runners cross into Queens via the Pulaski Bridge. The route visits Queens for just 2.5 miles before runners cross into Manhattan over the East River on the Queensboro Bridge. The climb up the Queensboro Bridge is considered the most difficult point in the race, but free marathon training programs typically don’t prepare you for race-specific course features like these. A New York City Marathon training plan from CTP addresses these challenges during preparation with workouts specifically designed to build endurance on hills, leaving your legs fresher for the quick detour over the Willis Avenue Bridge into the Bronx.

After just one mile, the race turns back toward Manhattan over the Madison Avenue Bridge and runners are in the home stretch. All along Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, thousands of spectators cheer runners toward the finish at 67th Street – a not-to-be-missed experience. Whether you’re a marathon training beginner or already a dedicated runner, our NYC Marathon training plans can get you to the finish line with customized marathon training developed by experts.

Free marathon training plans are geared toward an average runner on an average course, but the NYC Marathon route is anything but average. At Custom Training Plans, our NYC Marathon training plans take into account your current level of fitness, previous marathon experience, and the route of the marathon itself – something that free marathon training schedules just don’t offer. Customized plans give you a more accurate path toward race day, helping novice runners to build fitness and avoid injury and giving long-distance enthusiasts the opportunity to increase their speed and endurance. Whether your goal is to go from couch to marathon in 24 weeks or you’re a seasoned racer seeking a new personal best, we’ve got a custom plan that’s right for you. When you’re ready, get your New York City Marathon training plan here.

Here’s what you’ll receive in your plan package:

  • Daily Plans


  • Pace Chart

    Pace chart

  • Lift Workouts

    Lift workouts

  • Coaching Letter

    Letter from your coach

  • Mobility Workouts

    Mobility workouts

  • RPE Chart

    RPE chart

  • Running Podcast


  • Motivational Emails

    Weekly motivation email

How Training Plans Work

How it works

  1. Complete our proprietary runner questionnaire so we can get to know you better.
  2. Your custom New York City Marathon plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom New York City Marathon training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the New York City Marathon with confidence.

Our method

  1. Certified Coaches

    With the expertise of USATF certified coaches and physical therapists, we built an advanced model to weigh the effects of runner-specific variables on training outcomes.

  2. Custom Race Profile

    We analyzed unique characteristics of hundreds of races across the country to build a “race profile” into our model that accounts for elevation gain, altitude, time of year, and more.

  3. Training Plan Model

    Our model generates a unique training plan for you and your race, and all plans are reviewed by a coach and hand-tweaked before they make their way to you.