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.
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This plan was written by Jeff Gaudette.