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Half Marathon improvers 10 week Plan


Toby Leyland The Endurance Habit

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10 Weeks

Plan Specs

running half marathon intermediate masters hr based pace based

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Plan Description

A 10 week training plan to prepare you for a half marathon in 10 weeks time.

Each week has a particular focus and the overall plan is designed to build your aerobic endurance and ability to sustain your pace to complete a 21.2km half marathon.

This plan assumes a basic level of fitness and assumes that you are starting from a base level of 3 runs per week. It includes optional and cross training in order to enhance the aerobic conditioning required for this distance. If you are completely new to running then a more basic focus on creating a running base is advisable.

One of the prime foundations is the principle of consistency each day, each week and each month. This can include daily checks on your health and wellness, introducing active recovery sessions, establishing a strength training routine that can be completed week in week out.

Every week will include a variety of training sessions with the objective to help your body adapt in order to prepare for the event, some weeks will include a higher number of runs, others higher intensity, some will include back to back or double day runs. Every variation is designed to help stimulate and improve your endurance habit so you are ready for race day.

The plan uses a combination of heart rate and pace guidelines, there is a threshold test run in week 1 which can be used to test your current actual level of fitness, not your desired or previous fitness.


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:12 hrs 2:00 hrs
—— ——
0:20 hrs 0:20 hrs
0:35 hrs 0:20 hrs
1:12 hrs 1:30 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:12 hrs 2:00 hrs
—— ——
0:20 hrs 0:20 hrs
0:35 hrs 0:20 hrs
1:12 hrs 1:30 hrs

Training Load By Week

Toby Leyland

The Endurance Habit

The Endurance Habit - We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Doing the right things on a regular basis, without a pause for thought, so they become a way of life.
In 2004 Toby started his triathlon journey setting up the Bahrain Triathlon Club. Competed in sprint tri through to Ironman, represented Team GB in Long distance tri.
Heavily involved in coaching cycling at youth and U23 level as well as developing my passion for ultra running.

Sample Day 1

Foam roller or other injury prevention routine

Get into the habit of performing a regular injury prevention routine. Whatever works best for you, this may include yoga, light stretching, massage, foam roller.

Sample Day 2

Fitness Test: Threshold Pace and Heart Rate

This fitness test helps you to set your pace and heart rate training zones and thresholds for Training Peaks.

Warm Up:
15 mins in Z2 (easy/steady),
4 x (30 secs accelerating from Z2 to Z4 + 30 secs recoveries in Z1).

Main Set:
Run for 30 mins at the fastest pace you can maintain for the duration. Record your average pace and ideally average heart rate too.

Warm Down:
10 mins in Z1 to Z2 (easy).

Sample Day 3

Strength Training core

These sessions are important to include on a weekly basis throughout the training plan.

Sample Day 3

Base Maintenance Run. - optional only if feeling good

Base Run. On a mostly flat course with a soft but firm surface (trail, track. park, treadmill), stay in heart rate zone 1 or in pace zones 1 and 2 only. Pretty form (proud posture) and quick cadence. If very tired reduce the duration of this run or omit it.

Sample Day 4

Zone 1-2, check cadence

Heart rate in zones 1-2 on a gently rolling course. Check cadence: count left foot strikes every 15 seconds. Goal is 22 or higher to give a total cadence of 88-92spm

Sample Day 4

Strength training: running workout

Building strength training into the weekly routine so that it becomes a habit. This session can be done before or after an easy run day.

Sample Day 6

Yo-Yo Run #1

This will develop your aerobic endurance. follow the session plan, do not hold a pace or effort, vary between the parameters set.

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