Half Marathon Training

You are here:

Half Marathon Training Plans

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.

Beginner Runners

Runners should have at least six months of consistent training before starting a half marathon training plan. Most first-time half marathons will have experienced training for and completing at least a few 5K or 10K races before jumping up in race distance. The beginner plan is also great for an individual who is looking for more of a maintenance plan.

Experienced Runners

Those wanting a little bit more of a push can take on the Intermediate Half Marathon plan. This training plan is a bit more aggressive with total weekly mileage, increases in long runs, and the addition of speed/tempo work. A first-timer can certainly start with the Intermediate plan, if they have completed a number of 10K or Half Marathon races in the past 12 months. The advanced running plan for half marathon includes many weeks with little to no days off. I will have you running and cross-training every week to improve your speed, endurance, and strength. The main goal of the Intermediate or Advanced half marathon training plans are to improve your time and performance.
Final Surge Training Calendar Access

Final Surge Training Calendar

Purchase any half marathon running plan on Final Surge for a one-time fee of $29.99 per plan here. Digitally track your progress from start to finish of the training program.

  • Sync workouts across devices.
  • Daily reminders of workouts and activities.
  • Complete workouts based on pace or heart rate zones.
  • Analyze workout and target zone details.
  • Compatible with Garmin, Strava, Polar, TrainerRoad, MapMyRun, Wahoo, Stryd, and more.
  • Printable PDF version of the training plan.
  • Supplemental Training Materials: Activation Warmup Routine, Dynamic Technique Drills & Flexibility Exercises, Core Strength Routine, and Strength Training for Runners.
  • Running Terminology guide.
Purchase on Final Surge