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This 1:30 Half Marathon Training Plan has been reverse-engineered around the goal of finishing before the 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The training plan includes recommended pace targets and strategies for each training run.
Over 12 weeks, this plan builds up the mileage and includes two speed-based training runs per week. All details of speed and how to perform these workouts are included in the training plan.
As with all our training plans, it is available for free in PDF and other formats in both miles and kilometers.
Sub 1:30 Half Marathon Training Plan: Essential Info
Who is it for?:
Established runners looking to break the 1:30-hour mark!
This means runners with some proper experience under their belt, perhaps those who are looking to smash their half marathon PB!
It includes 2 mid-week runs, 2 speed-based runs, and one long-slow run each weekend to build your max mileage. The plan includes one cross-training day per week and two rest days.
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How Many Days Per Week?:
The training plan features 6 days of training per week; 5 days of running and 1 day of cross-training.
What Is The Target Pace For A Sub 1:30 Marathon?:
To successfully complete a sub 1:30 Marathon, the key focus is on getting PACE right. You want to train at the right pace, and run a consistent pace on race day.
In order to get around your half marathon in exactly 1 hour and 30 minutes, you would need to run a 6 minutes 51 seconds per mile pace, or a 4 minutes 15 seconds per kilometer pace.
However, we recommend you run a little bit faster than this, in order to give yourself approximately 5 minutes of extra time to account for any toilet stops, unexpected hills, or other unanticipated delays!
Training Breakdown: What Will Your Weekly Schedule Consist Of?
These are your classic training runs; do them in the mornings or after work, at a comfortable, sustainable pace.
These runs help add mileage to your training week and get your body used to running far!
Tempo runs are runs done at your target half marathon pace, which for a sub 1:30 half marathon is anything faster than 6:51min/mile, or 4:15min/km.
Interval training involves running one fast interval, then one slow interval.
The fast intervals should be done at an unsustainable pace, whereas the slow intervals should be an easy jog.
This training plan includes 800m intervals; these should be repeated as per the amount stated in the plan.
The reason our 1:30 training program includes interval training is to help increase your speed and power.
Each week of our Sub-1:30 Marathon Training Schedule includes a cross-training day; although these aren’t mandatory, we highly recommend them.
Cross-training improves your cardiovascular health and strengthens some of the muscles weakened through running, thereby reducing your chance of injury.
You should be factoring in one long, slow run every weekend. These runs are all about increasing your endurance gradually.
Remember to take it easy during them, don’t push things, and don’t worry about walking breaks – it’s all about building up that time on your feet.
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Proven Training Plans by a UESCA-Certified Running Coach
Every one of our training plans has been developed by Thomas Watson, a UESCA-certified running coach.
Thomas is also a podium-finishing ultra-marathon runner and has dozens of marathons under his belt.
Each training plan has been road-tested by hundreds of runners, refined and improved, and is free to download and customize to suit your needs!
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Check out the Half Marathon Training Plans page for more.