Are you running your first half marathon? Follow this 12-week beginner half-marathon training programme to run your best race! – By RW Editors
“It’s the ultimate distance,” says Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon champion and US Runner’s World Editor-at-Large. “It’s a true test of fitness, endurance, and speed, meshed all together.”
To help you prepare, our resident coach Bart Yasso has devised this 12-week training plan.
This beginner plan is for those who are consistently running 25 to 30 kilometres a week, with a long run of at least 10km.
Keep these beginner half marathon training tips in mind if you’re training for your first half marathon.
|5||Rest/XT||5km||Rest/XT||10km hills||Rest/XT||Rest/XT||12km LSD||27km|
|6||Rest/XT||3km||Rest/XT||10km with 6km @ HMP||Rest/XT||Rest/XT||10km LSD||23km|
|7||Rest/XT||6km||Rest/XT||10km hills||Rest/XT||Rest/XT||10km LSD||26km|
|8||Rest/XT||3km||Rest/XT||12km with 6km @ HMP||Rest/XT||Rest/XT||12km LSD||27km|
|9||Rest/XT||3km||Rest/XT||12km hills||3km||Rest/XT||16km LSD||34km|
|10||Rest/XT||5km||Rest/XT||12km with 8km miles @ HMP||3km||Rest/XT||16km LSD||36km|
|11||Rest/XT||3km||Rest/XT||12km with 6km @ HMP||3km||Rest/XT||15km LSD||33km|
|12||Rest/XT||3km||Rest/XT||8km with 5km @ HMP||Rest/XT||Rest/XT||Race Day||32.1km|
Unless otherwise noted, run all kilometres at a comfortable pace, easy enough that you can maintain a conversation. To figure out a realistic half-marathon pace (HMP) and appropriate training paces, us the training calculator here.
Rest/XT: Take a rest day or do moderate cross-training with a no-impact activity like yoga or swimming. LSD: This is a long, slow distance run to build endurance. These should be done at an easy conversational pace. It’s okay to walk if you need to, just focus on covering the distance for the day. Hills: Run the mileage for the day on the hilliest course you can find. Focus on sustaining an even effort as you climb and descend. HMP – Half-Marathon Pace. This is the pace that you hope to maintain in the race.