Half Marathon Training Schedules

Half marathon training schedules are designed to fit the goals of runners at all levels. Runners should select a program based on their goals for the half marathon and their current level of fitness.

An active, experienced runner who has race experience may want to consider programs that include speed training. These types of programs are geared more towards runners who already have an established distance pace and look to improve their pace with a goal of finishing a half marathon under a certain time (1 1/2 hours, for example).

However, first time half marathoners commonly have little running experience to draw from. For many, the goal is simply to finish. After finishing a first half marathon, one then has an established half marathon pace and finish time. They can then set a realistic goal for the next half marathon and consider half marathon training schedules targeting a specific finish time goal.

The following half marathon training program is for first time half marathoners with a goal to finish. As you train, expect to see your pace gradually increase and you improve your level of fitness. Keep a record, or journal, of your training runs so you can see your overall improvements as you progress through training. This program assumes you have been running regularly for at least four weeks and can run at least thirty minutes without stopping before beginning the program.

10-Week Half Marathon Training Schedule
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Printable Schedule (PDF)

Training Journal

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