Free Half Marathon Training

AthHalf 2016 Training Program

Hosted by Fleet Feet Sports Athens

The National Bank of Georgia Presents

The Athens, GA Half-Marathon Official Training Program

Alright all you AthHalf-ers… it’s time to start training and we’re here to help!

This year, the AthHalf has partnered with Fleet Feet Sports Athens to host the FREE AthHalf training program. The free weekend group runs will take place every Saturday beginning on July 23, 2016 at 7:30 am. AthHalf participants interested in joining the free training program should meet every Saturday in the south end of the YMCA parking lot located at 915 Hawthorne Ave., Athens, GA. The training runs will take place thru October 1, 2016.

Before You Start, A Note About Base Mileage

The training plans below mention base mileage. For those new to running, base mileage is the total number of miles a runner walks or runs in the course of one week. The key to injury prevention during half-marathon training is having an adequate “base mileage.” Most new runners skip their training runs during the week and try to make up for it by running long on the weekend. This is a recipe for injury. We encourage all runners to develop an adequate weekly base mileage and average 3-5 days per week of running/walking leading up to starting their training plan for the AthHalf. Additionally, weekday training runs during half-marathon training are just as important as the weekend longer group runs for a successful and injury-free half-marathon experience.

The Training Plan

All training plans include a free weekly group run that begin at 7:30 AM on Saturday mornings, starting on July 23, 2016, and running consecutively until Saturday, October 1, 2016. Please note that group runs may begin earlier than 7:30 AM as you get into heavier mileage later in training. Runners should wear appropriate running attire and will be asked to sign a release waiver prior to participating in their first group training run. Runners are asked to please plan for their own hydration needs. As the group runs move into heavier mileage, water stations will be provided, but the first few runs will not include water stations.

Beginner Plan

The beginner plan is designed for someone who is just starting out with distance races. This is totally fine – we love first-time runners! For this plan, a base mileage of 8 miles per week prior to training (essentially, 2 miles per day, 4 days per week) should suffice. You should also be able to run/walk three miles at a time without stopping prior to our first group run.

Click here to download the beginner training plan.

Intermediate Plan

The intermediate plan is appropriate for runners who have a little more experience with distance running – perhaps you are stepping up your distance from a 5K or 10K, or maybe you have run half marathons before and are looking to improve your training. We ask for a base mileage of 12-15 miles per week for our intermediate group, and the ability to run three miles without stopping prior to our first group run.

Click here to download the beginner training plan.

Sign Up

Click here to register for the free weekend group training hosted by Fleet Feet Sports Athens.

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