The Half Marathon (13.1 miles) is a friendly and popular long distance running race all over the World. The race provides a friendly challenge beyond that of a 10K. However, it still allows for more flexibility for preparation than a full marathon. The 12 week half marathon training plan designed for runners will get you ready for your next 13.1 mile race.
The training period for a half marathon is best done over a three month period of time. This compared to the five months that it typically takes to train for a full marathon. This is great news for many runners who want the longer challenge, but don’t have the extended amount of time to commit to marathon training. The half marathon also does not take near as long to recover from as a marathon.
Since most half marathons happen at the same event as a full marathon, the excitement of the race is much the same. Many runners will use half marathon races as part of their training up to the full marathon distance. A half gives you a good gauge of how much time you can plan on your first or next marathon taking you to complete.