Decided it’s time to accomplish a big half marathon goal? Whether this is your first half marathon or your 50th, there’s a 100% effort-based Running for Real Half Marathon Training Plan for you.
Tina is a 1:13 half marathoner and represented Great Britain at the World Championships in the distance. Her husband and coach, Steve, developed her training plan, and he’s created these to help you achieve your best-ever half marathon time.
Steve has used his philosophy of running by feel to help countless collegiate and post-collegiate athletes achieve their personal bests. He’s kept his training secret until now, but the king of peaking runners for when it matters is ready to share his secrets to success with you.
The Running for Real Half Marathon Training Plans are completely effort-based. That means no GPS watch. There will be no prescribed paces; you’ll run entirely by feel. If you’ve never done that before, don’t worry. You’ll learn how to trust your body to tell you what it’s ready for, leaving you confident, prepared, and in the best shape of your life.
Over 15 weeks you’ll build up slowly to 40-50 or 60-70 miles per week. You should have two weeks of comfortably running 25-30 miles before starting. If you’re in the 25-30 mile range, you’re ready for the 40-50 mile plan. If you typically run higher mileage, you can select the 60-70 mile plan.
You’ll be running five days a week, but again, if you haven’t run that much before, don’t panic! Steve prides himself on taking a careful, conservative approach with his runners, and these plans will actually treat you better than a lot of other half marathon training plans. They’re not so intense. So many people tend to do too much in training programs, and then by the time they get to the start line, they’re exhausted or injured. That won’t happen here.
What really sets these half marathon training plans apart is that they’re 100% effort-based. You’re going to learn exactly how to run by feel, how to trust your body to know what it’s ready for. If you’re someone who’s always gone out too fast in a race and blown up, one of these is the plan for you. You won’t zig-zag between speeding up and slowing down, trying to hit a pace on your watch, which is bad for your body and your race. When it comes to race day, you’ll know exactly what effort to run.
All of the workouts in the Running for Real Half Marathon Training Plans are clearly described, so that you not only will understand exactly what to do, but why you’re doing it.
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You’ll get exact instructions on your long runs, on your workouts, and on your easy runs. Life happens, so you’ll get suggestions on how to fit your runs into your schedule and how to move them around if you have to.
You’ll learn how to:
- Pace yourself correctly
- Cross train effectively
- Determine how many repeats to do in a workout, and how hard to do them
- Establish realistic time goals
- Get over a setback or an injury
- Fuel correctly
- Use tune-up races as part of your training program
- Use the terrain of your half marathon to your advantage
You’ll get recommended resources and as a little bonus, a cheat sheet that explains all of those “runner words.”