Your Guide to an 8-Week Half-Marathon Training Plan

If you're an intermediate runner ready to chase a goal at your next half marathon, this training plan is for you.

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Once running has become part of your regular routine, you might find yourself looking for new ways to improve your running skills. Maybe that's by joining a running club, signing up for a trail race, or even completing a half marathon.

At 13.1 miles, the half marathon is an exciting challenge for intermediate and advanced runners. And while you might benefit from a longer training schedule (such as 10 or 12 weeks), consistent runners can still train for a half marathon in two months. Here, learn more about training for a half marathon and view an 8-week half-marathon training plan, created by Kayla Jeter, C.P.T., an RRCA-certified running coach, NASM-certified personal trainer, and certified functional strength coach.

Who Should Use This 8-Week Half-Marathon Training Plan?

This 8-week half-marathon training plan is designed for intermediate and advanced runners, says Jeter. "You should be able to run 3 to 5 miles comfortably without stopping, and you're running at least three times a week already," she explains. That way, you have a comfortable foundation from which to add on weekly mileage.

Because this 8-week half-marathon training plan is designed for people already running consistently, it features more mileage than 10-week or 12-week half-marathon training plans, says Jeter. "You're going to increase mileage on this plan since you're more experienced," she adds. You'll notice your long runs start at 6 miles, and your easy and recovery runs are programmed to be 30 to 45 minutes in duration; that's to help your legs adapt to the endurance distance of the half marathon.

This half-marathon training plan is also appropriate for someone who's done a half marathon before and wants to chase a certain goal, such as a personal record or a certain time. If that's you, "sticking to the plan is very important," says Jeter. "Even when life happens, it's going to be important to run four times a week and strength train at least once per week."

Remember, consistency is cumulative, as Jeter puts it. The work you put in during your 8-week half-marathon training plan will help you show up on race day. "Come out slow" on race day, advises Jeter. "Get out front, settle into the run, and trust your training every step of the way."

The 8-Week Half-Marathon Training Plan for Intermediate to Advanced Runners

It's time to get after your goals. View your 8-week half-marathon training plan below, and get ready to crush your training.

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