If you didn’t know, Whitney and I are training for a half-marathon. We just finished our 5th triathlon less than a month ago- we are crazy. Yes, I know.
Although we both are training for the same event, our training is slightly different.
Whitney’s Training – Speedy (The Hare)
Whitney started her training late and didn’t train the way she wanted to. She discussed her training confessions. If you missed it, it was a good post to check out . Its a reminder that “life happens.” Whitney is also a runner, and has one half-marathon under her belt. With a little Beyonce in her headphones and the thought of hamburgers or pancakes waiting for her at the end of the race, she can crank out some serious miles in no time.
Since this is her 2nd half-marathon, Whitney is focusing on being faster. She runs three times a week. One run is shorter and focused on sprint drills. She only runs long distances once a week.
Alexandria’s Training – Distance (The Tortoise )
The complete opposite of Whitney, I started right training for the half-marathon a week and half after our last triathlon. Although I had a few slight injuries and life got in the way, I was still able to stay on track with training.
Running long distances goes against everything in me – from my body shape to being forced into only one sport. I am dying here. I just love triathlons and especially cycling. For my training, my focus is on distance since this is my first half-marathon. My plan does not include any sprint drills but instead a steady increase in mileage over a few weeks.
Below are a some of the top half-marathon training plans I have compiled. If I had to choose which one I like the most, I would suggest Hal’s Higdon’s training plan. I am currently training using it. If it works for me, it can work for anyone! The training plans are posted in order from novice to advanced in each section.
Beginner Half-Marathon Plan
- Hal Higdon’s Half-Marathon Novice Training Plan – Alex is training for her 1st half-marathon using this plan. Note the word: “Novice” Alex copied and pasted the chart into excel so that her long running days fell on a different day.
- Runner’s World Beginners Half-Marathon Plan – You’ve run for at least a year. You can run 5 miles at a time without distress, average 15 to 20 miles a week, and have finished a 5-K, perhaps even a 10-K.
- Cool Running’s Beginners Half-Marathon Plan – For runners who currently run 15 to 25 miles per week and expect to run the half marathon in about 2 hours.Think of this as an advanced novice training plan.
Intermediate Half-Marathon Training Plans
- Hal Higdon’s Half-Marathon Intermediate Training Plan – For those who want to be a little bit faster now but are not advanced. Whitney’s this is plan of choice (when she decides to stick to a plan)
- Runner’s World Intermediate Half-Marathon Plan – You have been running consistently for several years, tried various kinds of speed training, average 25 to 30 miles a week, and may even have finished a half-marathon.
- Cool Running’s Intermediate Half-Marathon Plan – For runners who currently run 25 to 50 miles per week and expect to run the half marathon in under 1:45:00.
Advanced Half-Marathon Training Plans
- Hal Higdon’s Half-Marathon Advanced Training Plan – If you completed Hal’s other 2, this is for you. Great “beginner” advanced program.
- Runner’s World Advanced Half-Marathon Plan – You’ve raced for many years. You’ve finished just about every distance–half-marathon and perhaps full marathon included–and have averaged 35-plus miles a week for at least the last 6 months.
- Cool Running’s Advanced Half-Marathon Plan – For runners who currently run 40 to 60 miles per week and expect to run the half marathon in under 1:30:00.
- Cool Running’s Competitive Half-Marathon Plan – For runners who currently run over 60 miles per week and expect to run the half marathon in under 1:20:00.
- Jeff Galloway’s Half-Marathon Training Schedule – This is a very well known training program. There are more off days and it focuses a lot on running without injury. This includes training for a run/walk approach for the half-marathon.