Marathon Running Plan

Set Your Marathon PR with Purple Patch


Price: $125 (15 Week Supported Training )

What it's all About

Purple Patch running programs were custom developed by Purple Patch's premier Pro Endurance Coach Matt Dixon. They incorporate the same principles and philosophy used in guiding Ryan Hall towards the fastest Marathon performance by an American at the Boston 2011 marathon.

The Purple Patch guided training plans are designed to provide a complete solution to your training, racing and performance needs.  The Purple Patch guided training program is built around the Purple Patch Pillars of Performance that set up the opportunity for maximal success for all levels of athletes.  Once you begin your plan, you become a part of the Purple Patch family of athletes and will gain ongoing guidance, feedback and support directly from Matt Dixon and the Purple Patch team throughout your training and racing journey.

The Purple Patch guided training plan includes:

Progressive Training Plan

  • Specific progressive workouts based on your race distance
  • Tailored levels of intensity and training load for different athletes based on benchmark assessment, ability, athletic experience, lifestyle, and hours available for training to deliver a sustainable approach to achieve your fitness goals 
  • Includes a mixture of on-road and controlled environment (trainer, track, etc) workouts, at a variety of intensities to focus on specific aspects of fitness, skill, efficiency, and race preparation
  • Each week will have clearly marked "Key" workouts that should be made a priority.  Other workouts will have more flexibility in terms of moving to a different day or replacing with a group ride or group run.
  • Workout intensities are driven by zones, which will be established following the benchmark assessments (as explained in benchmarking guide included in the plan) to ensure a targeted and specificity training load.

Support and Feedback

  • Office Hours:  Ask a question ahead of Matt's bi-weekly office hours and watch the video chat with Matt Dixon, where we will answer your questions on your plan, training progression or any performance topic of interest.
  • Plan Support:  a dedicated plan-support email for Purple Patch athletes, where you can ask questions about your training and plan.


  • Coach's Bulletin:  An educational weekly bulletin by Matt Dixon, reviewing recent questions asked by current athletes, Matt’s thoughts about training, and any athlete-specific news you might need to hear.
  • Education Stream and Library:  You will be sent a stream of plan and performance specific podcasts, videos, and resources to help you prepare for and gain a deeper understanding of your event.

Community and Accountability

  • Benchmark and Tracking:  We will help you set training zones, record your results, and provide feedback on your progression.
  • Athlete Connections:  Join our athlete community page and connect with other athletes prepping for events; gain support, camaraderie, and advice.

Specific Resources

  • Nutrition and Fueling Guide.  We have yet to meet an endurance athlete who is properly fueling themselves. In this guide, we'll show you some simple strategies on proper fueling, hydration and nutritional approaches to optimize performance, speed up recovery, avoid GI issues and improve body composition.
  • Recovery Guide  It sounds simplistic, but effective training is always balanced with integrated recovery to allow maximal gains.  This educational guide explores the purplepatch view on recovery, why is is important, and how to judge if you are ready for hard training. Raising the importance of recovery is not a short-cut to success, but it is a path to optimal performance.
  • Functional Strength Guide.  An essential supplement to your training progression, we will set you off on the right foot, with some suggestions of how to get going on functional strength.

Other Considerations

Consistent Time to Dedicate to Training:
  • Example of an average “advanced athlete” marathon training time per week is 6-8 hours, but your schedule should support training weeks of up to 10 hours 
  • Example of a “developing athlete” marathon training time per week is 5 - 7 hours, but your schedule should support training weeks of up 8 to 9 hours.

Recommended (not required) Equipment

Running - GPS, or other Pace/distant feedback

General - Heart Rate Monitor

If you already own a plan, you can discuss other options with plan support if you don't have access to equipment or if you have any questions

Program Highlights

  • Weekly Purple Patch Coaches Bulletin

    Educational bulletin relevant to the week, written by Matt Dixon

  • Ongoing Education Stream
  • Nutrition

    Via Purple Patch education program and options for a la carte consulting with Purple Patch dietician.

Have Questions? Get in Touch.