How To Run A Sub 1:30 Half Marathon: Training Plan + Guide

Ready to challenge yourself??

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!

How Long?: 

12 weeks.

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!

A lady's legs running on asphalt

Training Breakdown: What Will Your Weekly Schedule Consist Of?

Training Runs

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

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

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.


Cross Training

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.

Recommended cross-training exercises include bodyweight exercises, light gym work, swimming, yoga, pilates, and cycling!

Check out our cross-training guide for runners to learn more.

Long Runs

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.

Runner's legs during a race

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Rated 5 out of 5
October 28, 2019 7:05 pm

I had run a couple of half marathons and was in reasonable shape coming into the plan and it was a good rise in intensity throughout. You need to want to do an event like this – I was getting up at 3am to get my long run in before kids weekend sport etc and this was hard. When you combine the plan with the online community through the Marathon Handbook FB page and website, you get complete support. Have used this plan with great success and now looking at upping the pace in the marathon space… GREAT JOB!

Rob McCaw

10 / 10 - Got my through my race!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 17, 2023 4:51 am

Great plan


This plan hit so well!

Rated 4 out of 5
December 28, 2022 6:12 am

Well, I have been marathoning for almost 15 years and wanted to test something new out. I tried this plan because it looked completely different than any training method before. It didn’t make sense how the running peaked, and I got to the start line exhausted and sick, clearly under rested. The marathon had actually gone pretty smoothly until mile 17, when my ankle rolled and my ACL ripped. Had to quit the race and was upset with this training plan. However, free IS free. 6/10. Would not recommend


Amazing programme!!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 15, 2022 11:16 am

These running plans are AMAZING. I used it for 2 half marathons and I was so surprised at how I gained fitness, even though I was ill for 2 weeks and sustained a knee injury!

I completed the half marathon in 1h37 min 😃🤗

Thanx again team!

Miranda (51 yrs old 🥰)

first marathon

Rated 5 out of 5
October 27, 2022 6:16 am

and it worked a charm!

Marcelina Ziemnicki

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