PRracer has created a range of half marathon training programs to help athletes reach their performance level goals. The half marathon is an exciting race that will test your endurance. By following our training programs, you should be able to achieve your goal with no worries of hitting the wall. More than twice the distance of a 10K, the half marathon requires planning and strategy. You will feel strong at the start, but don't let your strenth and the adrenaline fool you. Stick to your plan to finish strong. The half marathon training programs are 12 weeks.
Even though every runner is different, we have made the following assumptions:
- You have a desire to set a goal and work to achieve it.
- You have discussed a running program with your physician prior to training. If you are a new runner, you have shared the half marathon training program with your physician prior to starting.
To aid in your success, we have several suggestions:
- Purchase a running watch with GPS and heart rate monitor support, such as a Garmin.
- Ensure you have good running shoes. Go to a local sports store and get fitted with the proper shoe.
- Acquire good running attire. Comfortable socks, running shorts/pants, tops and jacket (if needed) are essential.
Half marathon training programs are broken down into performance levels. Whether you are just starting, running a few miles per week, or logging in excess of 100 miles per week, click the performance level you wish to pursue.
- White new runner – has just started running and would like to participate in a competitive event.
- White casual runner – This program is designed for the casual runner who wants to complete the event without walking.
- Yellow runner - is an improving runner. Has a desire to commit more time to running and take the first step toward competing.
- Orange runner - is an improved runner. More consistent training and miles.
- Purple runner - is competitive. Desire to finish in the middle of their age group. Willing to commit to a more a consistent fitness program.
- Green runner - tends to run at a competitive level. Longer runs with speed work.
- Brown runner – is a very good runner. Runs on a consistent basis, is competitive, and has a high level of dedication.
- Black runner – is an outstanding runner. This runner is a top finisher in their age group and will see an occasional victory in smaller, local events.
- Silver Black runner – is an exceptional runner. This runner is consistently a top finisher in their age group and will win many events.
- Gold Black runner – is an elite runner. This runner is in absolutely peak condition and has reached one of the highest levels of performance in the sport. This runner has a high probability of winning their event.
The times we associate with each running program makes a number of assumptions: you are following the program, you are meeting or exceeding all the program pace goals, you do not go out to fast at the start of your race and the course has minimal hills or elevation changes.