8-Week Half Marathon Training Plan

So you want to run a half marathon? Running 13.1 miles is a huge accomplishment, but unlike a full marathon, the training doesn't have to take over your life. In fact, you can do it in only eight weeks, and we're here to show you how.

This plan is based on four days of running, two days of cross training and one day of rest each week. Your runs will include speed workouts so you can get used to race pace, as well as longer, slow-paced runs that gradually increase in length each weekend. When it comes to cross-training, aerobic activities are best, so think swimming, cycling or the elliptical.

This schedule is flexible. If you'd rather run five days a week, replace one of the cross-training days with an easy run. Likewise, if you're feeling wiped out, replace one of the cross-training days with another rest day. Make sure to always keep at least one rest day a week. You need a break both physically and mentally. You can also shift the schedule so that your rest or cross-training is on days that work better for you.

Ready to get started? Check out the plan below.

About the Author

Megan Harrington |

Megan is a runner and writer living in Upstate New York. Megan ran cross-country and track throughout high school and college and now enjoys longer races like the marathon. When she's not reviewing the latest fitness gear or writing copy for brands, Megan enjoys being active with her husband and two small children. For more on what Megan is up to, you can follow her on Instagram.
Megan is a runner and writer living in Upstate New York. Megan ran cross-country and track throughout high school and college and now enjoys longer races like the marathon. When she's not reviewing the latest fitness gear or writing copy for brands, Megan enjoys being active with her husband and two small children. For more on what Megan is up to, you can follow her on Instagram.

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