How Long Is a Half Marathon?

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"I'm thinking about training for a half marathon. Exactly how far is a half marathon?"

A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21 kilometers, or exactly half the distance of a full marathon (26.2 miles). It's a good goal for runners who have already completed a 5K (3.1 miles) race or a 10K (6.2) race miles and are looking for a new challenge. If you can complete three miles, you can train for a half marathon.

The half marathon is a hot race distance among runners because many see it as a worthwhile challenge that's not as time-consuming or physically exhausting as training for a full marathon.  Half marathon races are also fairly easy to find, as more and more keep popping up across the country. Some runners also see running a half marathon as a good excuse to travel to a new city or train for a race with family or friends. Some half marathons benefit specific charities, so some runners participate in a half marathon as a way to give back and support a good cause.

Half Marathon Training Plans

If you're thinking of training for a half marathon, here are some half marathon training plans:

Run/Walk Half Marathon Schedule: This 12-week half marathon training program is designed to help you run/walk to the finish line of your half marathon. To start this plan, you should have been run/walking for at least two months and should have a base mileage of about 8-10 miles per week.

Half Marathon Training Schedule for Beginners: This 12-week training schedule is designed for beginner runners who want to get to the finish line of a half marathon race. It assumes that you already run at least eight miles per week. 

Half Marathon Training Schedule for Advanced Beginners: This 12-week schedule is geared toward runners who can run four miles and can run 4 to 5 days per week.

You may have never run a half marathon before, but you're looking for a schedule that's a little more challenging than the half marathon Beginner Schedule.

Half Marathon Training Schedule for Intermediate Runners: If you've run at least one half-marathon race and you're hoping to improve your time, you'll definitely need to add speed training to your training regimen, if you haven't already. This 12-week training schedule will help you run your fastest half marathon.  To start this plan, you should already be running about 30 to 60 minutes a day, about five days a week.

Half Marathon Training Schedule for Advanced Runners: This half marathon training schedule is geared toward runners with long distance running experience. Before you start this 12-week training schedule, you need to be able to run 8 miles comfortably and be able to run 5 days a week.

Still not sure if you want to run a half marathon? Check out the 10 best things about half marathon running.

Also see:

    Other Race Distances: How Far is 1500 Meters? l How Far is a 5K? l How Far is an 8K? l How Far is a 10K? l How Far is a Marathon?

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