Half Marathon Training Schedule

Time Saving Tips For Your Training Schedule For A Half Marathon

One of the biggest challenges you may face when following a training schedule for a half marathon is a lack of time. Yes, that old chestnut. You can’t beat time, it’s constantly ticking away.

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But with a little bit of organizing and planning, you can still make enough time to follow a well balanced training schedule. The key factor here is to work in smaller, more intense chunks of time.

If you get as much as you can out of every session then you should still be able to progress quickly and increase your mileage even if you are extremely short of time.

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Train Smart

To make the best use of your time, you need use more advanced running sessions such as intervals, hill reps and pyramid training etc. These sessions are very challenging and are a great way to build more power in to legs and strength and stamina in the heart and lungs.

Use Your Time Wisely

We can all make a little extra time for ourselves if we really need to. Now to some this may mean getting up 30 minutes earlier in a morning or getting out for a quick session at lunchtime or running home from work for example. Whilst squeezing workouts around a busy lifestyle isn’t an ideal situation, if it’s that or nothing at all then it’s still your best option.

Run On The Weekend

There’s one thing you’ll definitely need to do and that is get in a longer run each week. In a well written training schedule for a half marathon, you’ll find that the distance should gradually but steadily increase over the course of the program. You don’t really need to do more than one distance run each week, but this has to be a definite session... you can’t miss. For most people this means sparing the time at the weekend.

Use A Treadmill

If you really do struggle with time, using a treadmill at home might be a better option because you can run no matter what the weather, time of day or lack of energy etc. Even if it means doing just 10 minutes before work, a power walk at lunchtime and a short speed session whilst your dinner is cooking, it’s all better than nothing.

Using a treadmill means that it’s very easy to get started straight away, you don’t have to worry about getting layered up or specially prepared in any way.

Obviously in an ideal world, we’d all have the time to devote completely to our training schedule for a half marathon, but the reality is somewhat different. We need to build up to running 13.1 miles in one go and that’s always going to take time if done properly. So look at ways to make it work and consider your training days at the beginning of each week to avoid any potential problems.

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