The Newbie Runner Diaries: Half Marathon Training Plan

Without familiarity with the sport of running, the guidance of an experienced coach or access to a specialized training plan, crossing the finish line of your first marathon with a respectable time can be a bit of a pipe dream.

As a part of my Newbie Runner Diaries series, I've been training for my first half marathon with an online coach and training program from Is the program I've been doing the most effective half marathon training plan out there? Who knows. What I do know, however, is that this plan has been great for me. It has worked conveniently with my normal weekly schedule and has helped me add mileage while simultaneously improving my pace.

As I transition from a newbie runner to my first half marathon, here's what my typical week of training has looked like over the past couple months, as well as my scheduled workouts for the week starting Oct. 27.

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