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Half Marathon Plan for Beginners
14 weeks



This half marathon training plan for beginners is aimed at people who want to complete the half marathon distance for the first time.

In order to complete the half marathon training plan for beginners athletes should be capable of training 3 days a week.

Monday is a day for rest or active recovery. For example, going to the gym or for a swim or cycle. Tuesday is a day for fast intervals, Thursday is a mixed day for developing your race endurance and the weekend is for building your strength and stamina. Wednesday and Friday are rest days and Sat (or Sun) is an active recovery or rest day.

Start this plan if you can already run for 20 to 30 minutes continuously. Your training should be progressive and balanced so you don’t feel too tired. 

Change the days to fit your lifestyle if preferred but always ensure a balanced running week




  Yelling Performance
Yelling Performance - Martin and Liz Yelling

The half marathon training plan for beginners was written by Martin and Liz Yelling

Yelling Performance is a sports coaching consultancy established by Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist, Liz Yelling and husband Martin Yelling.

Liz is a two time Olympic Marathon runner and Commonwealth Games medalist.  She was the first British finisher at the Athens Olympic Marathon and was the top European finisher in the 2008 World Cross Country Championships/ She has won the National cross country championships 4 times.

For more information about Yelling Performance - click here




Phil Wicks
"The ATW Half Marathon Training Plans are the ideal training aid to prepare you for the half marathon distance. The mixture of intervals, race pace runs and the important long easy runs will get you on the start line ready to achieve your goal"

Phil Wicks is one of the Country’s leading Distance Runners and in 2012 he was ranked No.1 over the Half Marathon distance. Phil Wicks has competed at the highest level whilst representing the GB Team over both the Road and Cross-Country.



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