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emmaleigh47 Pro 174 posts since
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Nov 17, 2010 5:14 PM

Best Half Marathon Training Program

I am so thankful for this group - you guys have been supportive and always there for my questions.


A bit of background - I have been running consistently since June 21st and have run several 5K's.

I am currently running 3-4 miles 3-4 times per week. (still doing a run:walk program usualy 4:2 at this time) and have been injury free for quite a long time.

I am doing the Turkey Trot 5 miles in one more week!


I am looking (ok fantasizing) about running the half marathon in Miami with my cousin. The race is January 30th -- and if I do the race I will also get a trip to South Beach and a couple days in Disney which is a huge motivation for me.


I am looking to make a time... I am just looking to survive it! I know it wont be easy ... but anyways....


Does anyone have a recommendation on a half marathon training program that they have used --- that they like -- that worked?


Thanks so much!

Started: July 2010 at 273#

Fox Cities 5K on 9/17: 45:19 (264#)

Shake a Tail Feather 5K on 10/16: 45:09 (254#)

Hope Run for Africa 5K on 10/23: 42:45 (248#)

Jingle Bell Run 5K on 11/6/10: 44:20 (248#)

Turkey Trot 5 mile on 11/25/10: (246#)

Miami ING Half Marathon 3:23:56

Oshkosh Half Marathon 3:16:38 (PR)

Cellcom Half Marathon in GB (horridly windy race) 3:21:56 (244#)

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009
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    1. Nov 17, 2010 5:48 PM (in response to emmaleigh47)
    Re: Best Half Marathon Training Program

    Have you checked out He has training programs that have run/walk intervals for various distances.

    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1

  • thedevotedrunner Legend 439 posts since
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    2. Nov 17, 2010 11:44 PM (in response to emmaleigh47)
    Re: Best Half Marathon Training Program

    You don't really need a program to survive a half.  Just gradually increase your mileage.  Try not to increase your weekly mileage or your long run by more than 10% each week, and make sure that your long run is equal to or greater than the total mileage of the rest of the runs during the week


    Good luck..

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  • LPARafael Pro 166 posts since
    Sep 13, 2010
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    3. Nov 18, 2010 10:10 PM (in response to emmaleigh47)
    Re: Best Half Marathon Training Program

    I recently committed to participating in a half marathon in Santa Monica/Venice mid January.  Was able to find a training schedule online by googling half marathon training schedule.  Up until recently I was planning on walking the entire course as I had been training for that - I have completed an 11 mile walk in under 2:20 so an extra 2 miles and change shouldn't take me the maximum allowed time. Oh, the half marathon is walker friendly and must be completed in 3 1/2 hours. However the last two weekends I participated in 5Ks and something got me jogging and I was able to jog distances of over 1/2 mile each before walking a couple hundred yards, then the cycle repeated. I completed both 5Ks under 32 minutes and this got me thinking.  The other day I was able to mostly jog 6.3 miles in 1:02.  Any ways, I digress.  I walk/jog 4 days a week, using Sunday as the long distance day and taking Monday, Wednesday and Friday off to rest.  Since I know I can complete the half with purely walking, on days I am walking I would walk about 5 miles at about a 13:30 MM pace, and then on the days I run I am going to try to repeat a 10+ MM pace.  I plan on adding an extra mile to my Sunday distance every week until I do 14 miles two weeks prior to the half.  According to the schedule I found online I should throttle back my Sunday distance a few miles the two weeks before the half.  Good luck with your half and enjoy your time in Florida.

    To paraphrase Newton, "A body in motion tends to stay in motion", so keep those feet moving ....

    2012 Races

    Year 2 Year 5K - 12/31 - 1/1

    Tinkerbell Half Marathon - 1/29

    Rock n Roll Pasadena Half marathon - 2/19

    Old Agoura 10K - 3/24

    O2O Half Marathon - 6/3

    City Impact Half Marathon - 6/16

    Channel Islands 10K - 7/4

    Disneyland Half - 9/2

    Marine Corps Marathon - 10/28

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    4. Nov 22, 2010 10:05 AM (in response to emmaleigh47)
    Re: Best Half Marathon Training Program

    Right now I'm doing Hal Higdons Novice Half

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    5. Nov 22, 2010 12:05 PM (in response to flamomof3)
    Re: Best Half Marathon Training Program

    I think it is wise to use a plan,  it gives you more structure which new runners need.    Hal Higdon's plan are great and they are free on line!

  • doogiedoogiedoo Amateur 9 posts since
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    6. Nov 22, 2010 2:46 PM (in response to emmaleigh47)
    Re: Best Half Marathon Training Program

    i ran my best half while working my way through this plan:

    it's a two-stage plan and technically it's for a full marathon, but i use this as a guideline for when i'm trying getting back into mileage building after some period of maintenance or laziness, even if i'm not ultimately shooting for a marathon. i usually jump into whichever week my current mileage supports and then just follow the schedule until i get to whatever weekly mileage i'm shooting for. i'm not sure how it compares to other plans, but i'm told this one is fairly ambitious (i'm sure it's all relative though).

    if you're just trying to finish, you probably don't need a plan, as long as you listen to your body and don't up the mileage too quickly. but if you have any sort of time goal that will push you even a little bit, go with a plan. i've tried halfs with and without a plan and the ones i've done with a plan have gone WAY better.

    good luck!

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