This Level 5 16-week Half-Marathon training plan has all the best workouts I’ve used over the years to help runners get ready to run your best for 13.1 miles but is geared toward the endurance monster type of runner.
You’ll still improve your endurance with progressing long runs and boost your stamina and speed with my half-marathon specialty workouts but I’ve tweaked this plan to better suit the more endurance-oriented runner with a heavier mix of stamina and endurance runs and fewer of the workouts that I’ve found don’t work as well for endurance monsters. As with all my plans, I’ll build your fitness is a gradual yet progressive way so you stay injury free. The end result is that you’ll feel smooth and strong and you’ll have race pace fully dialed in by the time race day rolls around. Before starting, you should be able to run 60-75 minutes on your regular runs and at least 105-120 minutes on your long runs.
For each and every run, I’ll provide the exact pace range for each run/workout (integrated from the McMillan Running Calculator) and will advance the paces as you progress through the training plan so you are always optimally challenged. I’m also making your plan really flexible so it can flow with your life. You can easily move runs around based on your life schedule.
In addition to the run training, I’m also going to have you perform our strength training program that syncs with your run training as well as my form drills to help you improve your running form and learn to run fast. These “”prehab”” programs are included with your plan and build you into a strong, supple, injury-resistant runner.
Runs/Week: 4-7. Key/Hard Workouts/Week: 1-2.
Need more weeks? Suggested Training Cycle:
-Base Training Plan: adds up to 8 weeks
-Hill Module: adds up to 6 weeks (opt.)
-Stamina Module: adds up to 6 weeks (opt.)
-Half-Marathon Training Plan: up to 16 weeks