Half Marathon Plan - Beginner Runners - 18 Weeks - Sunday Race

Author

Joan Scrivanich , MA, CSCS

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Length

18 Weeks

Typical Week

1 Day Off, 4 Run, 2 X-Train, 1 Strength

Longest Workout

2:15 hrs

Plan Specs

running half marathon beginner

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Summary


Designed for: Beginner Runners.

Created by: Exercise Physiologist & Coach Joan Scrivanich who earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the Ivy League university Columbia University in New York City. She holds coaching certifications from USA Triathlon, IRONMAN, USA Track & Field, and National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Joan has been an endurance athlete for almost 30 years. She had the privilege of competing at a competitive division I college in both cross country and track and has experience training & racing for everything from the Mile to the Marathon and Sprint Triathlons to the Ironman.

What's included:

- E-mail support is available to answer your questions regarding the plan.
- An Athlete Guide & description document explaining your upcoming workouts and training
- A Zone Chart explaining effort/zones/intensity levels for reference with the workouts.
- Monthly informational newsletter
- Access to our private Facebook group.
- Access to our Member-Only Resources Area

Before starting: This plan is designed for Beginner Runners who will be running their first half marathon. You have run shorter races, but want to take the leap and give a longer distance try.
You should be able to comfortably run for 45 minutes before starting this plan.  The weekly volume of the plan starts at 4:15 for the first week and peaks at 7:45.

You will get in all your key running workouts while supplementing your training with one (with the option for a second) cross training day a week to keep you balanced and in order to get to your half marathon fit, healthy, and ready to run your best. It includes strength training, days off, and active recovery days.

Questions? E-mail Coach Joan at info@RiseEndurance.com or visit her at RiseEndurance.com

I look forward to helping you reach your potential.

Happy Running!

USA Triathlon Certified CoachUSA Track & Field certified coachIronman Certified CoachCertified Strength & Conditioning SpecialistNSCA-Certified Personal TrainerTrainingPeaks Certified Coach

Stats

Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 05:49
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 05:49
Average Weekly Breakdown

Joan Scrivanich

Rise Endurance LLC

Coach Joan takes a comprehensive approach to coaching; her scientifically based training is athlete-centered and takes the whole athlete into account in order for athletes to reach their full potential.

Back to Plan Details

Sample Day 1

0:45:00
Base Run

W/U: 
10-15min Easy warm up with 3-4 x 1min building up to zone 4 effort and then back down to zone 2 effort. Make sure the body is well warmed up before you start your main sets.
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Main Set:
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4 x 5min @ upper zone 3 - lower zone 4 with 2min easy recovery run between sets. Remember to keep your heart rate below threshold during the set.
Remember good form and if you can run on a soft surface, that would be great.
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C/D: 
Cool down with remaining time at zone 2 effort, on soft surface if possible.

Sample Day 8

1:00:00
Base Run

W/U:
15-20min easy + drills
Include in the W/U 2-3 up tempo effort strides of 30sec-1min duration (The goal is to get heart rate up to but not exceed lactate threshold.)
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Main Set:
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3 x 8min @ upper zone 3 - lower zone 4 with 3-4min easy jog between sets.
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C/D: 
Cool down with left over time. Try to focus on holding good form in the C/D with a high cadence, soft surface if possible.

Sample Day 22

1:00:00
Long Run

W/U: 
10-15min easy + drills
Include in the W/U 2-3 up tempo efforts strides of 30sec-1min duration, (The goal is to get heart rate up to but not exceed lactate threshold.)
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Main Set: 
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4 x 5min @ upper zone 3 - lower zone 4 with 1:30min easy jog between sets.
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C/D:
Cool down with left over time. Try to focus on holding good form in the C/D with a high cadence, soft surface if possible.

Sample Day 71

1:45:00
Long Run

W/U: 
15-20min easy + drills
Include in the W/U 2-3 up tempo efforts strides of 30sec-1min duration, (The goal is to get heart rate up to but not exceed lactate threshold.)
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Main Set: 
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3 x 15min @ upper zone 3 with 4-5min easy jog between sets. 
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C/D:
Cool down with left over time. Try to focus on holding good form in the C/D with a high cadence, soft surface if possible.

Sample Day 85

2:00:00
Long Run

W/U: 
15-20min easy + drills
Include in the W/U 2-3 up tempo efforts strides of 30sec-1min duration, (The goal is to get heart rate up to but not exceed lactate threshold.)
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Main Set: 
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4 x 15min @ upper zone 3 with 4-5min easy jog between sets. 
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C/D:
Cool down with left over time. Try to focus on holding good form in the C/D with a high cadence, soft surface if possible.

Sample Day 110

0:40:00
Strides

W/U: 
10 min easy + drills
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Main Set: 
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4 x 1 min Strides w/4-5 min recovery
Make sure you are fully recovered between strides.
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C/D:
10 min easy

Sample Day 112

0:30:00
Light Run

30 min easy pace, include 5 x 15 sec up tempos.
Be sure to include lots of recovery between sets

Half Marathon Plan - Beginner Runners - 18 Weeks - Sunday Race

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