Advanced Half Marathon Plan

by Coach Sandi Nypaver and Coach Sage Canaday

Plan Details

Distance: Half Marathon

Goal: 1:15 or faster

Weekly Volume Max: 68-78 miles / 109-142km

Experience Level: Advanced

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This very advanced plan is for half marathon runners who have run in the 1:20 to 1:10 range and are looking to improve their personal best times to even sub 1:15 or 1:10. The raining plan comes with both a US and Metric measurement version!

Is This Plan for You?

The plan tops out at 68 to 78 miles (109-142km) per week. If you haven’t run a single week over 60 miles (56km) per week in your running career yet, we highly recommend that you take several months (or even a year) to build up your mileage base so you are consistently averaging at least 50 to 60 miles (80km-97km) per week on a regular basis without any serious injury before starting this training program.

Also, we highly recommend that before starting this plan you’ve taken a break from racing and are starting fresh with an established a base of at least 2-3 weeks of easy-paced running of at least 40-45 miles a week. 

What’s Included:

A 12-week calendar grid chart with every day specifically detailed with a training workout. The plan progresses with periodized phases to build your fitness, speed and strength so that you peak for your goal race in 12 weeks time. The plan also has mental training tips and inspirational quotes to keep you motivated! Both US and Metric measurement versions of this plan are included!

The Higher Running Training Plan Guide, to help you understand each type of run and give you advice for your upcoming training as well as additional exercises and tips to get the most from your plan and fitness gains. Also included is the Key Training Zone Intensity Chart that visually defines key workout efforts.

The Higher Running Strength Training Plan designed specifically for runners.

The Higher Running Advanced Half Marathon Training Plan™

Why our plans are different

This plan is derived from the theories and practices of the most legendary distance running coaches and exercise scientists from around the world: Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, Renato Canova, and Peter Pfitzinger to name a few. Unlike other “cookie-cutter” training plans that just list mileage and a general pace, this Higher Running plan gives you essential specifics on how to do workouts at the right intensity for the most beneficial training stimuli. Furthermore, it does not follow a strict 7-day cycle (like most competitor’s plans), because at Higher Running we believe some workouts take longer to recover from and adapt to. Therefore sometimes recovery running days are extended and shortened appropriately to give you an ideal boost in fitness. Most other plans do not take this kind of periodization into consideration. Our Higher Running guideline gives you the information you need to make the plan more specific to your needs and the race you’re training for.

We realize that great coaching is both a science and an art – and we’ve used this philosophy (as well as knowledge gained from our own careers as runners) along with experience from coaching many others, to create a plan that emphasizes consistent, smart progression: A true Higher Running™ experience!

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