Competitor.com Break-2:00 Half Marathon Plan

Average Weekly Training Hours 00:36
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 00:36
Training Load By Week

The 12-week Sub 2 hour half marathon plan is designed for the experienced runner looking to take their half marathon training to the next level with more challenging, race-specific workouts.

You should be comfortable running 30-35 miles per week with at least a 8 mile long run. Your previous personal best should be at least better than one of the following:

5k – 26:00 10k – 55:00 HM – 2:05 Marathon – 4:15

The goal of this half marathon plan is to increase your weekly mileage to 35-40 miles per week and is a blend of stamina and speed endurance (the ability to hold a fast pace for a long time), which are critical to running your fastest half marathon.

The first 6 weeks of the program are designed to increase your general level of running fitness to its highest level by working on every energy system – threshold, speed and aerobic endurance.In the final 6 weeks we introduce the half marathon specific workouts and quality long runs. The half marathon specific workouts come in two varieties – stamina workouts, like tempo or threshold runs, and long speed workouts, like 5 x 1 mile with a short rest. In addition, we mix in hard, quality long runs so you can teach your body how to run fast late in the race when you’re tired.

To watch the training videos and read the supplementary articles, click the link icon in the upper right corner of the day's workout.

This plan was written by Jeff Gaudette.

Sample Day 1
4mi
Easy run

4 miles easy (10:10 to 11:00 per mile pace)

Sample Day 2
7mi
Threshold intervals

2 mile warm-up, 3 x 1 mile at 8:35 to 8:45 per mile pace w/60 sec rest, 2 mile cool down

When you have a rest period between intervals, what should you do? Stand, walk, jog? In short, I suggest standing if your rest period is less than a minute, walking if the rest is 1-3 minutes, and a slow shuffle jog if the rest is longer than 3 minutes (once you catch your breath).

Training video: 5-Minute Dynamic Warmup
Password: competitor
https://vimeo.com/100346497

Sample Day 4
8mi
Cut-down tempo run

2 mile warm up, 4 mile cutdown (9:35, 9:25, 9:15, 9:05 - No rest), 2 mile cool down

Make sure to refuel shortly after every strenuous workout. Your body absorbs nutrients fastest in the 30 or so minutes after a training session.

Training video: Recovery Nutrition
Password: competitor
https://vimeo.com/100380809

Sample Day 5
0:45:00
Cross training

30-45 minutes easy

Cardio cross training, which includes swimming, strength training, cycling, rowing, elliptical, stairmaster, hiking or another activity. Strength training is another option. While big beach muscle won't help you run more efficiently, muscular strength is an important tool in your fitness repertoire.

5 Reasons Why Every Runner Should Cross-Train http://running.competitor.com/2014/04/training/the-case-for-cross-training_7917

Sample Day 6
4mi
Easy run plus strides

4 miles easy (10:10 to 11:00 per mile pace) w/4 x 20 sec strides

Stay comfortable during this run, even if that means running outside of the recommended pace range. Strides are short accelerations from a stand-still up to a fast pace. They help refine your technique and improve efficiency at every speed. Take as much standing rest as you need between strides. Top out at a fast but comfortable speed--strides are not sprints. These will appear repeatedly through your training plan.

Training video: Strides, how and why
Password: competitor
https://vimeo.com/100068716

Sample Day 7
8mi
Long run

8 mile long run, all easy pace (10:10 to 11:00 minutes per mile)

Run with friends whenever possible. Company makes every workout more fun and fulfilling, and you might learn something from a veteran runner.

Training video: Find a Running Buddy
Password: competitor
https://vimeo.com/100381083

Sample Day 8
4mi
Easy run

4 miles easy (10:10 to 11:00 minutes per mile)

Stay comfortable during this run, even if that means running outside of the recommended pace range. How is your body adapting to the new regimine? If you start to develop even a minor injury or are struggling to recover from the training, you are always empowered to take a day off or shorten a workout. No single training session is worth risking injury.

Shoe Fitting Insights From the Experts http://running.competitor.com/2013/12/video/shoe-fitting-techniques-from-the-top-50-running-stores_90484