Half Marathon Training Plan Advanced

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Below is an 8 week half marathon training plan for runners who have a good experience of interval and hill training, and have completed a good amount of aerobic base training with a history of training a minimum of 40-45miles/week.

Below the training plans is information about recovery periods and target heart rates for each session.

Day Week 1 week 2 Week 3 week 4
Monday 6M Easy 6M Easy 6M Easy Rest Day
Tuesday 3 x 3000m (10k pace) 6 x 1200m (5k pace) 5 x 2000m (10k pace) 5 x 800m (5K pace)
Wednesday 8M Steady 6M Steady 8M Steady Rest Day
Thursday 7 x Long Hills 2 x 20mins @
1/2 Marathon Pace
7 x Long Hills 6M Steady
Friday Rest Day Rest Day Rest Day Rest Day
Saturday 30 min Tempo 3 x 10 min Tempo 30 min Tempo 20 min Tempo
Sunday 16M Easy Pace 14M Easy Pace 16M Easy Pace 12M Easy Pace

 

Day Week 5 week 6 Week 7 week 8
Monday 6M 6M 6M Rest Day
Tuesday 5 x 2000m (10k pace) 8 x 1000m (5k pace) 5 x 2000m (10k pace) 5 x 800m (5k pace)
Wednesday 8M Steady 6M Steady 8M Steady 5M Easy Pace
Thursday 14 x Tempo Hills 2 x 20mins @
1/2 Marathon Pace
14 x Tempo Hills 6 x 800m (1/2 Marathon
pace)
Friday Rest Day Rest Day Rest Day 3M Easy pace
Saturday 30 min Tempo 3 x 10 min Tempo 30 min Tempo Rest Day
Sunday 16M Easy Pace 16M Easy Pace 14M Easy Pace 1/2 Marathon Race

 

  • 1) Rest Intervals: 1/2 Marathon/10k pace = 60sec jog rec, 5k pace = 200m jog rec, 3k/mile pace = 400m jog rec
  • 2) Short Hills: 50-60sec up moderate gradient (5k pace), jog down rec
  • 3) Long Hills: 1:45-2:00min up moderate gradient (10k pace), jog down rec
  • 4) Tempo Hills: See tempo Hill section on Hill training page.
  • 5) Tempo: 10mile race pace – approximately 85-90%HRmax, Recoveries = 2-3mins easy
  • 6) Half Marathon Tempos: – half marathon pace/estimated pace or approximately 85%HRmax, Recoveries = 2-3mins easy.
  • 7) Steady: Approximately 75-80% HRmax
  • 8) Easy: Approximately 70-75% HRmax
  • 9) Warm-up/cool-down: 1-2miles warm-up and cool down for all interval, hill and tempo training.