Half Marathon Training Schedule

The Nuts And Bolts of a Good Half Marathon Schedule

If you’re planning to run a half marathon anytime soon, you’ll need a half marathon schedule. A good one will guide you through the ups and downs of your journey, right from your very first timid and unconfident steps on the road, through to your triumphant strides over the finishing line of your first half marathon race.

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One thing’s for sure, without a plan of action and an effective guide to what needs to be done and when, you really don’t stand a good chance of reaching your destination at all.

As well as being a good motivational tool and a reference point to gain inspiration from when you need a boost, an effective half marathon schedule needs to contain the following important points.

Rest Days Are Critical, So These Should Be Included

Ideally to make the best progress, you need to run regularly. Not too much as you risk overtraining and fatigue, but also not too little. Three times a week is a good target to aim for as this should give you the volume that you need to build stamina and strength in to your legs. But rest completely for at least two days every week.

Long Runs Are the Backbone to Your Success

This is a half marathon schedule, not a 5k, so we need to build up our distances, but gradually over time. I recommend doing this by performing one longer run each week which should steadily get further as your fitness improves. The weekend is probably the best time to do this as time isn’t usually so limited.

Try Other Types of Exercise

All exercise is not equal, especially when it comes to running. Yes you do need to run, that’s obvious because this builds up the endurance in your legs, but you also need to increase the ability of the heart and lungs to work harder for longer so they’re capable of removing lactic acid quickly enough from the muscles when the going gets tough.

Don’t Stagnate – Try Something Different

Simply plodding along mile after mile is not the most efficient way to become a better runner. You’ll get faster results if you vary the way you challenge your body. The long runs are essential, but you also need to do other types of training such as intervals, hill work and pyramids.

Using these types of training techniques cuts down on time, reduces the amount of stress on the joints from simply running miles every time and will also give the fastest improvements to your fitness levels.

Whether you write your own or buy one specifically for the job, a half marathon schedule is an essential piece of kit, almost as important to your success as a good pair of running shoes, so get yourself one now before you start.

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