Beginner 16 Week Half Marathon Training Plan

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Our 16 Week Half Marathon Training Plan is exactly what you need to train for your first Half Marathon!

This plan is designed to get you to the finish line comfortably, and gives you 16 weeks to prepare.

16 Week Half Marathon Training Plan

16 Week Half Marathon Training Plan

Who Is It For?:

Running novices who don’t have much experience running distances, but can run three times per week.   If you’re looking for a bulletproof plan to get you through your first half-marathon, then this is it!

How Long?: 

16 weeks // 4 months.


The plan gently increases the mileage at a sustainable pace.

All of the runs should be done at a comfortable, sustainable, conversational pace; don’t worry about your pace or finishing time if this is your first half marathon effort.

Long runs on Sundays are there to increase your maximum mileage and time on your feet.   The whole purpose of these is to run slowly – at a conversational pace – no faster.  If you are struggling during these long runs, feel free to take walking breaks – no worries.

The plan includes one day or cross training and two rest days.   The rest days are especially important for letting your body recover.

Feel free to download the plan and change it up to suit your schedule.

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The most comprehensive plan you will find

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

The Perfect Plan!

June 6, 2023 5:59 am

Easy to follow plan. I recently ran my 5th Half Marathon. I managed to do a sub 1.45 beating my previous best by 4 minutes. I shall be following the marathon plan later in the year as I prepare for my first 42k!


Remember that speed is not important for this training plan – more important is your ability to keep running the distances necessary.

May 18, 2023 1:51 am

The information is helpful.


10 / 10 - Got my through my race!

January 17, 2023 4:51 am

Great plan


This plan hit so well!

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


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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!