Honolulu Marathon Training Plan Level 3 Endurance Monster – 12 week


The Honolulu Marathon is the fourth largest marathon in the United States after New York, Chicago, and Boston. There is no time limit which allows everyone to finish. The Honolulu Marathon course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head Volcanic Craters. The course is flat except for short uphill grades around Diamond Head. This McMillan marathon training plan is Greg’s tried and true marathon plan specifically geared towards the Honolulu Marathon.

Quick Facts:

  • Length: 8-12 weeks
  • Runs per week: 4-6
  • Key/Hard Workouts per week: 1-2
  • Cross-training days per week: 1-2
  • Garmin Structured Workout Compatible
  • McMillan Calculator paces integrated into all workouts
  • Geared towards the Endurance Monster type of runner

Plan includes:

  • All the best tried and true McMillan marathon workouts geared towards endurance monsters
  • Provides the endurance-oriented runner with a heavier mix of stamina/endurance runs and fewer of the workouts that I’ve found don’t work as well for endurance monsters
  • Builds fitness in a gradual, yet progressive way to help you stay injury-free
  • Goal pace predictor workouts to dial in your goal pace
  • Progressive long runs to increase your endurance
  • Stamina-boosting half marathon specialty workouts
  • Predictor workouts to determine your best pace for race day
  • Gradual pace advancement through the training plan to keep you optimally challenged
  • Workout swapping – flexibility to move runs around based on your life schedule
  • Built-in injury prevention and strength training routines to perform in sync with your running workouts
  • Form drills to improve your speed and efficiency


  • Be able to run 30-45 minutes on your regular runs and at least 75 minutes on your long runs

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