Half Marathon Training

 

Half Marathon Beginners Programme

Length: 8 weeks

 

 

The Half Marathon Beginner’s Programme is the perfect progression from one the 10k training programmes. The half marathon is becoming a more very popular distance given the obvious challenge, however doesn’t require as much training as the marathon. However please remember the half marathon should be respected and as a general guide I would always recommend you should at least complete a minimum of 9-miles in training prior to running the distance.

 

The generic programme below has more emphasis on endurance than any of the other plans to prepare you for the distance. Please remember this is just a rough guide, so feel free to modify.

 

The key to half marathon training is to develop and maintain your aerobic fitness levels and improve your endurance. The beginners plan includes easy state running as well as a weekly long run. This is simply a slow run with the challenge of running a steady pace for the entire duration of the run. Give the body time to really feel the stimulus of a long run. It will reward you with greater endurance adaptations that will serve you well in later sessions and races.

 

Towards the end of the programme Jonny has also included an introduction to interval and hill training. Interval training involves alternating periods of high-intensity effort with periods of low-intensity effort, often called the recovery. Interval training has many health benefits as well improving your ability to run faster for longer. These efforts should be ran at a pace quicker than easy run pace, but not an all out sprint. Hills are perfect for developing leg strength, while also improving V02 max and running form.

 

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Half Marathon Intermediate Programme

Length: 8 weeks

 

The plan below includes easy state running as well as a weekly long run. This is simply a slow run with the challenge of running a steady pace for the entire duration of the run. Give the body time to really feel the stimulus of a long run. It will reward you with greater endurance adaptations that will serve you well in later sessions and races. This plan first introduces periodisation into your schedule. This aims to ensure you reach your peak at the right time, while also building suitable aerobic foundations on which to base your training.

 

Hills are scheduled in week 1 and are performed to improve leg strength and develop your V02 max. They are also perfect for improving form and technique. Hills should be ran by easy running for a warm up, a few gentle dynamic stretches and then running hard up the hill with an easy jog back down recovery before starting again. For the greatest returns run hills as a continuous effort. Hill training then leads into interval training later in the plan.

 

Interval training involves alternating periods of high-intensity effort with periods of low-intensity effort, often called the recovery. Interval training has many health benefits as well improving your ability to run faster for longer. These efforts should be ran at a pace quicker than easy run pace, but not an all out sprint. The intermediate plan also includes progression runs.

 

Progression runs are a key part of the Kenyan training schedule. Start off slow, almost easy run pace and gradually build the pace in blocks of 10mins or miles. Each section getting progressively quicker until you are running close to your 10k pace. Progression runs are the perfect progression towards tempo running later in the programme. Tempo running is key for training improvements and should be ran at a pace that is ‘comfortably hard’, faster than easy run pace but not as fast as your interval work.

 

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