Training to Walk Back-to-Back Half Marathons

Training Schedule for Walking a Half Marathon Each Day for Two Days

AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer
AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer - Aly Raisman and Eloise Caggiano. Darren McCollester/Getty Images for Reebok

The 13.1 mile half marathon is a good challenge for a single day. Walking or running back-to-back half marathons over a weekend is more of a challenge. During a crowded racing season, you might find yourself registered for a half marathon on both Saturday and Sunday. This training schedule can get you to the finish line.

The AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer involves walking back-to-back half marathons or a marathon the first day and a half marathon the second day.

We also have a training schedule for the marathon/half marathon. The training schedule here is for the half/half.

What this doesn't cover is walking or running two half marathons on the same day. For that, you should train for a full marathon.

Before You Start Half Marathon Training

This schedule assumes you are already able to walk comfortably for four miles. If you are not yet able to walk for four miles at a time, you should build up to that level before you start this training program. Use our Walking Quick Start schedule to build up to walking for 30 minutes regularly, and then the 5K Walk Training Program to build up to three to four miles.

Time Commitment for Half Marathon Training

You must be able to set aside walk training time four days per week. This includes an hour of dedicated training twice per week and two back-to-back longer days of two to four hours for training.

Weekly Schedule

This schedule alternates mileage-building weeks with base mileage weeks.

This allows you to build your mileage steadily with less risk of injury. You can switch around the days of the week you use for training, but you need the back-to-back longer days and then you need two shorter training days within the week.

  • Tuesday, Thursday:  walk 3-4 miles.
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Days off.
  • Saturday: Mileage building day
  • Sunday: Recovery and hardening day - so you get used to back-to-back longer distances.

If you are already walking longer mileage than the longer days on the schedule, you can jump into the schedule at that point.

If you normally walk for health every day, it is great to continue to do so, but you may want to use a faster pace on you training days and an easier pace on your normal walking days.

Week

Mon.

Tue.

Wed.

Thur.

Fri.

Sat.

Sun.

Week Total Miles

1

Off

3 miles

Off

3 miles

Off

4 miles

4 miles

14 miles

2

Off3 milesOff3 milesOff5 miles

4 miles

15 miles

3

Off

3 miles

Off

3 miles

Off

6 miles

4 miles

16 miles

4

Off3 milesOff3 milesOff6 miles6 miles18 miles

5

Off3 milesOff

4 miles

Off

8 miles

6 miles21 miles

6

Off

4 miles

Off

4 miles

Off

8 miles

6 miles

22 miles

7

Off4 milesOff4 milesOff

8 miles

6 miles

22 miles

8Off4 milesOff4 milesOff

10 miles

6 miles

24 miles

9

Off4 milesOff4 milesOff8 miles6 miles22 miles

10

Off4 milesOff4 milesOff12 miles6 miles26 miles

11

Off4 milesOff4 milesOff10 miles8 miles26 miles

12

Off4 milesOff

4 miles

Off

12 miles

8 miles28 miles

13

Off

4 miles

Off

4 miles

Off

14 miles

6 miles28 miles
14Off

4 miles

Off

4 miles

Off

14 miles

8 miles32 miles
15Off4 milesOff4 milesOff

8 miles

6 miles22 miles
16Off4 milesOff4 milesOff

13.1 miles

13.1 miles34.2 miles

Training to Walk a Marathon from Start to Finish: Half marathon walkers will benefit from all of the advice for distance walking, including shoes, gear, hydration, energy snacks, blister preparation and more.

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