Half marathon training plan
Even though I've signed up to my fourth half marathon - choosing the right training plan seems like an uphill struggle.Twelve weeks seems to be the optimum amount of time to get in shape, but filling those three months with the right amount (and sort) of training is the trick.Up until this year I'd toyed with plans which included cross training including bike work and swimming. I'd even used the Nike Plus coaching system which talked about half race pace and interval work - whatever they are.I finally settled on the Bupa intermediate half marathon training, which dispenses with all this in favour of simple times runs, speed work, long week end runs and gradual building of momentum until race day. It's based on four runs a week and mixes stamina with speed to target an improved finish time on the big day.It helped me knock 11 minutes off my personal best. Link attached below, let me know what you think...Bupa half marathon training - external site
Your link isn't working, but anyway I'm using a (adapted version of) Men's Running schedule (which I take it is the same as the bupa one as that is where your link is taking me), mainly because I trust Nick to write a good schedule. I'm glad you got good results, I will return to mine with added vigour!
Apologies - Here's the full link which should work http://www.bupa.co.uk/running/training/training-programmes/intermediate-half-marathon/
It's served me pretty well and I'm on week three preparing for the Birmingham half in October. I've found the simpler plans to be far more effective. Happy running.
I'm also doing Birmingham! Good luck and keep in touch about how you are getting on!
Excellent. Good lck to you too.
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