TRAINING PLANS

Hal Higdon estimates that more than 250,000 runners have finished marathons by training with his training programs. Now you can have his training programs in your pocket as an interactive mobile app. See the workout schedule, get Hal's running tips, and hear him motivate you during a run. Plus many other features.

  • Hal Higdon Noivce Half Marathon Training Plan

    Half Marathon Plan - Novice 1

    This basic Novice Half Marathon Training Program is designed both for beginning runners who want to prepare for their first 13.1-mile race, but also for experienced runners interested in a fail safe program that will allow them to excel without making excessive demands upon their time.

    The training plan assumes you have the ability to run 3 miles, three to four times a week. If that seems difficult, consider a shorter distance for your first race. You can try our best selling Ease into 5k app which will prepare you to run 3 miles three times a week.

  • Hal Higdon Noivce Marathon Training Plan

    Marathon Plan - Novice 1

    Get ready for your first Marathon by training with Hal Higdon the best known running author and athlete. His training programs have helped thousands reach their running goals, and this marathon app will help you get to the starting line with confidence.

    The training plan assumes you have the ability to run 3 miles, three to four times a week. If that seems difficult, consider a shorter distance for your first race. You can try our best selling Ease into 5K app which will prepare you to run 3 miles three times a week.

  • Hal Higdon Noivce Half Marathon Training Plan

    Half Marathon Plan - Novice 2

    Half Marathon Novice 2 fills the gap between the former Novice (now Novice 1) half marathon program and the Intermediate program. Novice 1 targets beginners. These are new runners who have only begun to train. The Intermediate program serves more experienced runners, those who have raced several half marathons and/or full marathons. Take a look at all three programs before you buy and see which group you might fit into best.
    This Novice 2 half marathon program is very similar to my Novice 2 program for the full marathon. The pattern is the same. Fridays and Mondays are rest days surrounding the harder weekend workouts: long runs on Saturdays, cross training on Sundays. The midweek workouts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays also mimic the pattern of my novice marathon programs. One difference between Novice 1 and Novice 2 is that I prescribe some running at race pace midweek. For more information, visit http://www.halhigdon.com

  • Hal Higdon Noivce Marathon Training Plan

    Marathon Plan - Novice 2

    Marathon Novice 2 is the next step up from Novice 1. If you have run previous half or full marathons, you might want to consider Novice 2. The training pattern is the same for Novice 2 as Novice 1. But you will run a few more miles including a 19-miler two weeks ahead of your 20-miler. Novice 2 also includes some pace training, allowing you to fine-tune your ability to run that pace in the marathon. So if you consider yourself an "experienced" runner, this is the program for you. For more information, visit http://www.halhigdon.com

  • Hal Higdon Intermediate Marathon Training Plan

    Marathon Plan - Intermediate 1

    The Intermediate 1 program offers a slight jump in difficulty from the Novice programs. You begin in Week 1 with a long run of 8 miles instead of 6 miles. You thus get to 20 miles for your long run by Week 13, which permits a second 20-miler in Week 15. Midweek mileage is slightly higher, but instead of cross-training on the weekends, you get more serious about your running and do a second run of 5-8 miles, often at marathon race pace. You now do your cross-training on Mondays, instead of taking the day off.

  • Hal Higdon Intermediate Marathon Training Plan

    Marathon Plan - Intermediate 2

    Intermediate 2 offers a slight jump in difficulty from Intermediate 1. You begin in Week 1 with a long run of 10 miles instead of 8 miles. You thus get to 20 miles for your long run by Week 11, which permits a third 20-miler in Week 15. Midweek mileage is slightly higher, but instead of cross-training on the weekends, you get more serious about your running and do a second run of 5-10 miles, often at marathon race pace. Incidentally, Intermediate 2 is the ideal training program for those doing the popular "Goofy" run at the Walt Disney World Marathon, where you run a half on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday. This program's 10-mile pace run followed by a 20-mile long run offers the perfect jumping-off platform for racing 13-26.