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Berlin Marathon 2021

Berlin Marathon 2021 – Here we go…

18 weeks today, I am hoping that I will be in Berlin and will have just completed the Berlin Marathon. I will have collected my 4th World Marathon Major star. Ideally, it will have been an amazing race, I would have enjoyed the whole process and I’ll be the owner of a shiny new marathon Personal Best (PB).

Ruth London Marathon 2014
Collecting my first World Marathon Major Star at the London Marathon 2014

Okay, back in the land of the living! Times are so uncertain at the moment and I know that there is a chance the race may not even go ahead. Or it may go ahead in a different format. I might not even be able to travel there, but I’ve decided I am going to start the training and see what happens. There is no harm in some structured training and something to look forward too.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

Training Plan

I have decided to try a different plan for this marathon cycle. I have seen some people with great results for the Hanson Plan, so I’m going to follow it. It is an 18-week plan, I have always completed 16 weeks in the past. So what attracted me to it?

It consists of a lot of easy miles. Don’t get me wrong the mileage looks tough, but many of the runs are easy paced. It builds a really good base before introducing any kind of speed work, which is exactly what I need at the moment. It also appears to have a lot of Marathon Paced miles. Practising that pace and knowing what it feels like is important to me. And, even though the long runs don’t go over 16 miles, I know that I am going to get used to running on tired legs, which is exactly what you need to be able to do.

Ruth New York Marathon
Second star collected at the New York Marathon 2017
Rula Runs Chicago Medal
Third star collected at the Chicago Marathon 2019

I am determined to prioritise strength and stretching. I can not keep expecting my body to cover these long distances without making it stronger. I think I have said this before, but I really feel that I am going to stick to it this time. I can’t keep doing the same thing and expecting to come away with a PB in the Berlin Marathon.

As with my other training cycles I am going to do a weekly blog, just documenting the high and lows on the week. If you want to read any of my previous cycles they can be found here.

London 2014, 2015, 2016

New York 2017

Chicago Marathon 2019


I’m really hoping that if you do decide to look back at any of the early training, you will excuse my blog posts. I am hoping that they have improved a little bit over the years! My training isn’t anything special and I’m not a coach, so I just share my experiences. I also like looking back and comparing week on week with other marathon cycles.

Come on the journey too...

I would love for you to follow along with my journey and let me know your thoughts week by week. I will add the subscribe button below, so you can add your email. This just means you will get a notification each time a post goes live. Obviously, I will share day by day on Instagram,, so if you are not following me click here.

If you are training for an Autumn marathon, let me know in the comment as it’s always great to be following people on similar journeys. You can never talk too much about running can you?

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An average runner that has found a passion for running and raising money/awareness for MNDA. I have completed London, New York, and Chicago marathons. I am tempted to go for the Six-Star finishers medal, running all the World Marathon Majors, but that's a dream in progress.


Gabriel Garcia Jimenez
23rd May 2021 at 9:22 PM

Hola éxito en la preparación al. Maratón de Berlín 2021, te seguiré y apoyare yo también si todo sale bien ahí estaré este año soy de Mexico. Saludos.

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