2021 Columbus Marathon and Columbus Half Marathon Training

If you are looking for experienced running coaches and strength trainers to help you prepare for this year's Columbus Marathon, we are here to help. We have helped hundreds of local runners prepare for this race and dozens of others. Training for a marathon requires more than just a training plan. It requires good nutrition, fueling, hydration, injury prevention and mindset skills. 

This year, the Columbus marathon will be back in person. It will be held on Sunday, October17th and once again benefits Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

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Private Marathon and Half Marathon Coaching

We deliver one on one, in-person training in the Lewis Center - Columbus area. You will work privately with your running and strength coaches at a local track and/or running trail. Training is affordable and 100% customized to you. The rest of the week, you will complete workouts on your own and we monitor your progress through our Final Surge coaching app. You can upload your Garmin information or use our free mobile app. Your coaches will monitor your progress and make training adjustments along the way. 

At this time, we are not doing group training although we plan to resume those in the future.  

Columbus Marathon Training Tips

  • Training for your first marathon can be exciting. If this is your first marathon we recommend that your primary goal be completion. Completion goals takes a lot of the pressure off training. We help first-time marathoners not only get to the starting line, but the finish line. We do this by customizing your entire training around YOU! No pre-built group or Internet plans. You get daily workouts built around YOU , YOUR EXPERIENCE, and YOUR GOALS!
  • We recommend that you spend 18-22 weeks preparing for your first marathon and be able to run or run/walk at least 5 miles before starting specific marathon training. Training duration can be shortened to less than 20 weeks if you have a longer base mileage to start with or extended if you need to work on the endurance needed to get to 5 miles. We can help with either.
  • We recommend that you have at least one year of running experience before you try the marathon distance. Preferable two. You should also complete a half marathon prior to your marathon. We often build smaller races like 10k and half marathons into your training.
  • We recommend that you be able to set aside 4-5 days of training per week depending on skill level and goals. Usually 45-90 minutes through the week and up to 5-6 hours at peak training on the weekend.
  • We recommend that you commit to 1 to 2 days of strength training to have the best experience possible. We develop custom strength routines designed by our certified strength coach. Strength training helps each athlete with injury prevention, fatigue resistance, and speed.


Training does not include race fees or registration. To register for the 2021 Columbus Marathon, click here.