Training Plans for Beginners
Hal is the longest contributor to Runner’s World magazine and the author of 34 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. He ran in the United States Olympic Trials eight times and won four World Masters Championships, and is one of the founders of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).
Rest: Rest days are days in which you take the day off and allow your body to recover. They are typically done on Mondays to let your legs rest after your Sunday long run.
Pace Yourself: Do your long runs at a comfortable pace where you can run and converse with a training partner. Speed is not critical unless you are trying to set a PR or qualify for Boston. The main goal is to cover the scheduled distance.
Walking: Walking is ok both in training and in a race. Don’t stress over trying to run the entire time. The best race strategy is to use the aid stations as a walk break. By doing this you are giving your body a short break and are able to better consume the water/sports drink that your body needs
Cross-Training: This is any aerobic exercise that allows you to use some different muscles. Some examples include swimming, walking, or cycling.
If you can run 5 miles, you can run 26.2. Below is a solid 16 week plan that takes from 5 miles to 26.2.
Half Marathon Training
If you can run 3 miles, you can run 13.1. Below is a 12 week plan that gets you to 13.1 and a half marathon finish.
Quarter Marathon Training
A quarter marathon is 6.55 miles so a smidgen over a 10K. Here is a great 8-week 10K training plan.
A 5K is the the perfect distance to walk, jog, or run. Here’s a beginner 8 week couch to 5K plan that will get you race ready.