Finding the right training plan

Half marathon training plan

5 messages
13/08/2012 at 21:12

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

14/08/2012 at 16:39

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!

14/08/2012 at 17:07

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.

15/08/2012 at 10:32

I'm also doing Birmingham! Good luck and keep in touch about how you are getting on! 

15/08/2012 at 19:50

Excellent. Good lck to you too.


We'd love you to add a comment! Please login or take half a minute to register as a free member
5 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump