BIG Half-Marathon Index

Tackle your first (or next) half-marathon with the help of our best hints, tips and training schedules


Posted: 22 June 2009

Welcome to half-marathon central - with easy-to-follow schedules, nutrition advice, fundraising tips and popular Q+As, plus our brand-new weekly newsletters, you're in the right place for all our very best half-marathon advice.

Whether you're building up to 13.1 miles for the first time, or planning to smash your PB, we've got everything you'll need to get you to the finish line in style.


Our Essential Weekly Newsletter

From the end of June to September each year, we run a 12-week training schedule aimed at the Great North Run in late September. Our weekly half-marathon email will keep you on top of your training, and on course for a best-ever race-day performance.

Each bite-sized bulletin will contain a digest of your schedule (sub-1:30 to Get You Round) as well as tip-top advice to get you ready for your autumn half-marathon.

Request it now to make sure you don't miss out.


Training Schedules

How to choose the right schedule
You know that our schedules are tried and trusted, but which to choose? Better to err on the side of caution to avoid injury if you're unsure. Use our race-time predictor for an indication of what target you should set yourself.

Our schedules
We have three sets of half-marathon schedules for you to choose from:

Classic 10-Week Schedules
Ultimate 12-Week Schedules (RW+)
Sub-1:25
Sub-1:30
Sub-1:20
1:25 - 1:50
Sub-1:30
1:50 +
Sub-1:45
Sub-2:00
Sub-2:15
Sub-2:30
See schedules See schedules See schedules

Alternatively, if you're a first-time racer, you may like to try our no-nonsense Get You Round Schedule - it starts with around two hours a week over three run-walk sessions, and is designed to help you train just enough to enjoy the race and finish with a smile on your face.

Of course, if none of these schedules suit, you could always use our interactive SmartCoach tool to create your own tailor-made schedule. Simply input a selection of details and SmartCoach will equip you with a fully personalised training plan, designed to fit your preferences and lifestyle.


Expert Advice

From pace-setting to speedwork, threshold running to tapering, these two expert half-marathon guides cover everything you need to be thinking about before (and during) your assault on 13.1 miles:

You'll also find stacks of useful information in the training section of our BIG Q+A Index. Here are a few highlights to whet your appetite:

 


Nutrition Basics

Fuelling your body with the right food will not only boost your energy levels, it will also improve your endurance and help your body recover faster between sessions - vital if you're stepping up your training for a target race.


Fundraising Focus

Running for charity? Wondering how you'll have time to fit in your fundraising as well as your training? No need to panic - help is at hand in our real-life guide to making fundraising easy. It's packed with tried-and-tested strategies and imaginative ideas to help maximise your fundraising potential.

And don't forget: if you're lucky enough to have a ballot place, hundreds of charities would still love you to raise as little as £100 for them. There are numerous benefits in running for charity - visit our extensive charity gallery to search for non-profit groups by category or locality. All the organisations listed have vast experience of supporting runners in the build-up to your race and on the day itself.


Real Runners, Real Conversations

Tap the knowledge of thousands of other runners in our busy, friendly forums. Among the many conversations taking place, you'll find plenty of people looking toward their next half-marathon.

 


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