From two months to five months, half marathon training plans designed for everyone from beginning to experienced runners, and for every lifestyle:
Sometimes you sign up for a race that’s not far off in the future – just a couple of months away, or even less. Here’s our eight-week half marathon training plan designed for runners who already are in the running habit.
This plan is based on the same schedule and expectations as our eight-week training plan – you’re already experienced and maybe even have a few races under your belt, and you’re looking to ramp up your training quickly.
If you have more than two but less than three months to train for your next half marathon, this 10-week training plan might be the perfect fit.
Designed for beginning runners or anyone who is planning to run the half marathon distance for the first time, this training plan is based on five days of running per week, with the once-a-week long run set on Sundays.
Beginning and experienced runners can both use this 14-week training plan, which starts off slow with only four runs per week and then ramps up to five days later in the schedule.
Spread out over four months instead of three, this training plan is designed for runners who’ve run a half marathon already and are in need of a training plan that can fit into a busy schedule — with four training days each week vs. five.
Designed for beginners and even experienced runners, this plan mimics our 16-week training plan with two extra weeks added in, and features a few changes to the long runs.
For runners who are looking for an even more gradual buildup to the half marathon than the 16-week plan offers, this five-month training plan starts slowly and builds toward the 13.1-mile race day, with both four- and five-day-a-week runs later in the plan.
Practicing running portions of your long runs at goal pace is a great tool for improving speed. Not only is it a great confidence builder on race day, but it gets your legs used to running at your goal pace.
When the temps rise, don’t expect to keep getting the same results with the same effort. Every runner is different, but generally speaking, expect to run 20 to 30 seconds slower per mile for every 5 degrees when the temperature rises above about 60°F.