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Half Marathon Training Programs

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Since 1996 Coach Brendan has trained thousands of runners and helped them complete a half marathon of their choice.  He has developed six (6) training programs – 3 for continuous running and 3 for run/walking to prepare you for your best half marathon ever (even if it’s your first)!

Coach Brendan’s 12-week half marathon training program will prepare you for any half marathon.

Coach Brendan’s programs are created for runners of all personalities and experience levels. Whether you enjoy running in groups, individually or virtually, Coach Brendan has a program that will suit your style and fitness level.

Base-building, sharpening and tapering workouts are built into all schedules. Coach is always available to answer your training questions at group training runs and via email.

Run/Walk Training
If you’re new to running, or are returning to the sport after an injury or hiatus, consider a run/walk marathon training routine. Coach Brendan has written schedules for:

  • Basic run/walk;
  • Intermediate run/walk;
  • Advance run/walk.

Learn the basics of the run/walk strategy and select the appropriate run/walk intervals to suit your level of experience.

Continuous Running Training

Runners who prefer to run continuously during training and races can choose the following, based on level of experience:

  • Basic continuous running;
  • Intermediate continuous running;
  • Advance continuous running.

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Schedule #1 – Continuous RunThis training schedule is designed for runners who have not previously run a marathon, or are new to endurance running but have been running on a regular basis (at least 3 – 4 days a week) for at least the previous 6 months. Recommended Requirements: your average weekly mileage has been at least 15 – 20 miles per week and you are able to run at least 7 miles continuously and comfortably. The goal for those following this schedule is to finish the race running throughout and finish comfortably using a Continuous Run strategy.   

Schedule #2 – Intermediate Run This training schedule is designed for runners who have been running regularly (3 – 4 days a week) for at least six months.  It will help experienced runners improve performance. Recommended Requirements: you have run at least two half marathons or one marathon in the last two years; your average weekly mileage has been at least 20 – 25 miles per week; and you are able to run at least 8 miles continuously and comfortably. The goal for this schedule is to complete a marathon and improve finish time using a Continuous Run strategy.   

Schedule #3 – Advanced Run This training schedule is designed for runners who are experienced marathon runners with a solid base and looking to improve performance in the marathon distance. Recommended Requirements: you have been running regularly (at least 4 – 5 days a week) for at least one year; your average weekly mileage has been greater than 25 miles per week; you have previously run a half marathon or longer distance race within the last 6 months; and can run 10 miles continuously and comfortably. The goal for this program is to complete a marathon and improve finish time using a Continuous Run strategy.   

Schedule #4 – Run-Walk This training schedule is designed for athletes who have not been involved in regular athletic endeavors for at least the previous 6 months.  If you are beginning an exercise program please visit your physician for an examination before starting an exercise program. Recommended Requirements: your average weekly mileage is less than 15 miles per week or if you have not run longer than 3 miles continuously and consistently. The goal of athletes following this training program is to complete a first marathon following a Run-Walk Strategy.   

Schedule #5 – Intermediate Run-WalkThis training schedule is designed for athletes who have been involved in periodic, but not consistent athletic endeavors for at least the previous six months. Recommended Requirements: your average weekly mileage is 15 – 20 miles per week and/or you are unable run longer than 4 miles continuously and consistently. The goal of those athletes following either of these training programs is to complete a marathon using a Run-Walk Strategy.   

Schedule #6 – Advanced Run-WalkThis training schedule is designed for runners who have been running or run-walking regularly (3 – 4 days a week) for at least six months and who wish to follow a Run-Walk Training Schedule.  It will help experienced runners and run-walkers improve performance. Recommended Requirements: you have run at least two half marathons or one marathon in the last 2 years, your average weekly mileage has been at least 20 – 25 miles per week and you are able to run at least 8 miles continuously and comfortably before training begins. The goal for this program is to complete a marathon and improve finish time using a Run-Walk strategy.

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