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

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

Hoping this is something that works

Rated 5 out of 5
September 21, 2022 1:58 pm

Woop woop

T. Rev

Great plan

Rated 5 out of 5
August 24, 2022 11:56 am

Simple and easy to follow


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August 21, 2022 2:35 pm

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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 hundred of runners, refined and improved – and are free to download and customise to suit your needs!