Training Plans & Tips

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.

See 8-week training plan here »


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.

See 9-week training plan here »


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.

See 10-week training plan here »


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.

See 3-month training plan here »


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.

See 14-week training plan here »


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.

See 4-month training plan here »


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.

See 18-week training plan here »


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.

See 5-month training plan here »

7 Keys to a Successful Half Marathon Training Cycle

Each new cycle is different than the previous one and should be treated as such. However, there are a few key runs that I feel I must nail for the cycle to feel complete.


5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Race Time 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.


How Runners Can Beat the Heat in Summer

© Uptall | Dreamstime.comWhen 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.