8 Week Half Marathon Training Plan (PDF Included)

Our 8 Week Half Marathon Training Plan is for experienced or intermediate level runners looking to ramp up their training for a half marathon!

It builds up your mileage over 8 weeks, and includes one tempo run per week.

Tempo runs are great for runners with a specific finishing time in mind; they help you to train towards that time.

Our training plan is available in PDF format for free in both miles and kilometers.

8-Week Half Marathon Training Plan: Essential Info

Can you train for a half marathon in 8 weeks? – Yes, absolutely.

However…

If you are relatively new to running, you’ll much be much better with one of our longer training plans that build up your mileage gradually and come with a lower risk of overtraining.

Who Is This Training Program For?: 

Runners who have run a half marathon in the past and want to ‘dust off’ their half marathon chops. 

If you’re looking to train for a half marathon in 8 weeks for an upcoming race, then this is the plan for you.

How Long?: 

8 weeks.

It includes 2 mid-week runs, to be performed at a comfortable pace, one tempo run, and one long-slow run each weekend to build your max mileage. The schedule also includes one cross-training day per week and two rest days. 

Not convinced this is the plan for you?

Check out our other half-marathon training plans!

How Many Days Per Week?:

The training program features 5 days of training per week; 4 days of running and 1 day of cross-training.

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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 schedule and get your body used to running far!

Tempo Runs (optional)

A tempo run is a training run done at your target half-marathon pace, if you have one.

Not sure what your target pace should be? Check out our pace charts!

When you’re ready, you can also check out our Half Marathon Pace Calculator to help plan your race speed based on your finish time goal.

Cross Training

Each week includes a cross-training day; although these aren’t mandatory, I highly recommend them.

Why?

Cross-training is meant to work on your cardiovascular health and strengthen some of the muscles weakened through running.

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

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.

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Download the 8-Week Half Marathon Training Plan For Free:

8 Week Half Marathon Training Plan

Download The Training Plan Here

Enter your email, and I’ll send you this free training plan now, in PDF and Google Sheets formats (completely customizable), in both miles and kilometers.  

After entering your email, you’ll be prompted to create an account on the Grow platform we use to control access to the plans. It’s completely free – make sure to complete the process to gain access to the plan!

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Check Out The Premium Version of The 8 Week Half Marathon Training Plan . . .

We’ve teamed with TrainingPeaks to offer a premium version of the 8 Week Half Marathon Training Plan:

Access the plan via the TrainingPeaks website and app, track your workouts in real-time against the plan, and get performance data analysis on your progress.

Check out the premium 8 Week half marathon training plan here!

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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!

Other Suggested Half Marathon Training Plans:

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Check out the Half Marathon Training Plans page for more.