Half Marathon Training Plan

12-weeks to your best half marathon, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro

Beginner Half-Marathon Training Plan

Beginner Half-Marathon Training Plan    

Matt Ebersole, owner of Indianapolis-based Personal Best Training, has coached over 5,000 runners and is something of a half-marathon expert, having prepared many of those runners to compete in Indianapolis’s Mini Marathon, the largest half-marathon in the United States—with more than 30,000 finishers in 2011. If this is your first shot at running 13.1 miles, go with the beginner training plan. If you’re a pro looking for another race, try the advanced training plan and check out one of our five favorite half marathons below.

For the best training experience, sign up for the interactive version of our beginner plan or advanced plan in the Outside Fitness Center.

The Top 5 U.S. Half Marathons

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon
WHEN: May 5, 2012
WHERE: Indianapolis, IN
# of FINISHERS: 30,649

Houston Half Marathon
WHEN: Jan. 13, 2013
WHERE: Houston, TX
# of FINISHERS: 9,375

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona
WHEN: Jan. 20, 2013
WHERE: Phoenix, AZ
# of FINISHERS: 15,663

Walt Disney World Half Marathon
WHEN: Jan. 12, 2013
WHERE: Lake Buena Vista, FL
# of FINISHERS: 22,417

Chicago Half Marathon
WHEN: Sept. 9, 2012
WHERE: Chicago, IL
# of FINISHERS: 11,886

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