Many of the Havasu Hustlers Run Club Members will be participating in a half marathon just six weeks away.  When talking about it at the group run on Saturday several wondered if they had time to train for it.  So here is a simple 6 week half marathon training plan for those already averaging 15-25 miles per week.

The key at this point is building up the long run.  If you’re already averaging five to six miles on your long run, this week make it seven, next week eight, then nine, and so on.

Keep your midweek runs at whatever level you’re currently running.  If you want to have a fast half or set a PR then make one midweek run a speed workout or tempo run – basically push yourself harder than you would on an easy day.  Cross-training can include cycling, swimming, elliptical, strength training, yoga – just do something other than running to give your body, and mind, a break.

And most importantly is REST!  I’m a big proponent of rest days.  This is the time when your body heals itself from all the pounding you’ve been doing and actually makes you stronger.  Imagine getting stronger doing nothing!  So be sure to take at least one if not two rest days per week.  Especially the final two days before your half marathon – REST!  Your body, and finish time, will thank you for it!

Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday Long

Sunday

1

3

2

REST or XT

3

XT

7

REST

2

3

4

REST or XT

3

XT

8

REST

3

4

5

REST or XT

4

XT

9

REST

4

4

5

REST or XT

4

XT

10

REST

5

5

6

REST or XT

5

XT

10-12

REST

6

4

REST or XT

2

REST

REST

RACE 13.1

CELEBRATE!