Can anyone recommend a good half marathon training program?
In the past I have used half marathons as a training run but recently have started to take them a bit more serious. My best time is a 136 and would like to get it down to a 133. I currently run 25-30 miles a week with a speed workout occasionally.
Yes. Back in February I did a topic specifically about the half marathon. In the first post there are several links to half marathon programs for different levels, as well as John Kellogg's training advice. See:
Depending on how long of a program you want, the first link is a 24-week schedule. There's another one that is 12 weeks. They're both from Running Times. Although the 24-week schedule is called a 'basic' program, I think it's one of the most challenging half M programs I've seen. And since you say you're currently at 25-30mpw it's one you might want to consider. It starts out at 30mpw and gradually builds up from there.
There's also a training article on doing tempo runs, examples of elite runners who have used half marathons as training (i.e. Mizuki Noguchi), and more.
"Running well is a matter of having the patience to persevere when you are tired and not expecting instant results. The only secret is that it is consistent, often monotonous, boring, hard work. And it's tiring." - Robert de Castella
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