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How to Train for a Half Marathon?

Brian Training for Half Marathon

You train for a half marathon by running slow for long distances. The half marathon is 13.1 miles. If you have never run 13.1 miles, you will need time to build up to this distance. Furthermore, if you have never run a race in your life, it’s smarter to start with a shorter distance, like a 5K (3.1 miles) race.

Before You Run a Half Marathon

For a 13.1-mile half marathon distance, you ought to be able to run a least 6 miles (half the distance) before you start training. So, if you can’t run 6 miles, you’re not ready to train for a half marathon.

How Long Does It Take to Train for a Half Marathon?

Training time depends on your current level of fitness. For example, if you just ran a half marathon two weeks ago, you may not need any training. Training time also depends on your personal goals. How fast do you want to run 13.1 miles?

The more mileage you run (training you do), the greater endurance you can develop. You can train weekly:

  • 3 to 6 hours (Average)
  • 5 to 8 hours (Advanced)
  • 6 to 10 hours (Competitive)

I recommend the 80/20 endurance plans to train for your half marathon. A big benefit of buying 80/20 plans is you keep the plan and can reuse it. Plus, it works on many devices. I bought the 15-week Level 2 Half Marathon plan for $39.95, and I use it with my Garmin Forerunner 55 watch.

Furthermore, I recommend you sign-up for a free Training Peaks (TP) account, download their app on your phone, and purchase an 80/20 plan from the TP marketplace.

Can I run a Half Marathon Without Training?

Athletes with the endurance to run 13.1 miles can run a half marathon without training. If you are not an endurance athlete, you most likely can not run a half marathon without training. If you want to finish a 13.1-mile race, you will need training.

My Running Plans

3 PM on August 1, 2022, I begin my first run of the new running session. In 15 weeks, I will run at St. Pete. Run Fest on November 13, 2022. My last race was in Buffalo, New York.

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