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While it’s true that some of the free running plans are actually quite decent, what
most people don't realize is that they're pitched at people who are already runners.
Yes, I'm talking about even the very beginner plans. It's assumed that you can already
run up to 5 miles several times a week.
There's a lot of information you need to have in regards to training theory and why
you're doing the things that you're doing. By educating yourself you'll also be giving
your training more meaning because you'll understand the bigger picture.
At the end of the day, it's about more than just running.
Training For A Half Marathon Schedule
Here's a few of the general terms explained which you'll need to understand when
training for a half marathon.
Rest days are pretty self explanatory. They're the days when you shouldn't do any
sort of running or physical activity. However, most people don't understand why they're
In actuality, rest days are actually recovery days for your body and mind. When you
exert yourself during training, what you're actually doing is ripping and damaging
your muscles with micro tears in the muscle fibres.
Rest days are designated to give your body time to repair this damage to your muscles
by giving them time to stitch back together. The constant ripping and stitching is
what makes muscles grow, each process just as important as the other.
When training for a half marathon it's also important to give your tendons and ligaments
time to rest, as running up to 4-5 times a week can cause swelling and tendonitis
if not given time to recover.
Training For A Half Marathon Intervals And Speed Training
Interval training can best be described as short bursts of more intense exercise
in between lower intensity periods. For example, once you're into the guts of your
training for a half marathon you can start incorporating short bursts of sprints
into your runs.
Interval training and speed training are similar, but speed training involves a wider
range of exercises such as stride and cadence drills to help improve your running
technique and form.
Finally, it's strongly recommended that you get one of the marathon training programs
from the Top 10 list.
It's the wise thing to do and will ensure you don't end up falling short or getting
Once you get that DNF (did not finish) published in the race results you can never
take it back.
We've started to see a trend at a lot of the races now where people are pulling up
short or getting injured because they're not properly prepared physically or mentally
for the half marathon race. What we discovered when we asked people is that a large
proportion of them were using some sort of freehalf marathon training schedule for
beginners that they found on the internet.
This is of course a big mistake!
Unless you're a very experienced runner and understand fullywhat you're doing and
why, training for a half marathon using only a running plan is disastrous! Our advice
is to always use a professionally produced half marathon training schedule for beginners
which includes comprehensive information on training theory, equipment, diet, strategy
and not to mention a range of training options. Continued below....