July 27 2015
Here's what the best times in the U.S. look like for our favorite distances—5K, 10K, half and full marathon.
Running a half marathon seemed like a fun idea when your friend talked you into it a few months ago. But now that it’s time to hit the road, you may be wondering what you got yourself into. Don’t worry. Getting to that start line may be daunting, but it’s not as tough as it seems.
If you’ve got the will (and 14 weeks!), we’ve got the way. Whether you’re new to running or you’re coming back from an extended break, our half-marathon program will safely ease you into training and get you race-ready a few short months.
This training plan requires no more than four days of running or walking per week. Try to stay on track and avoid big increases in your weekly mileage so you don’t get injured or discouraged. Your first few weeks will include run/walk workouts to safely and comfortably build your endurance. By Week 4, you can make the switch from run/walk to run. If you feel like you’re not ready, continue to take walking breaks. It’s completely fine to use a run/walk strategy throughout your entire training and even on race day. Your goal should be to finish the race—regardless of what it takes to get there.
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