Hosted by Fleet Feet Athens

The AthHalf Half Marathon Official Training Program

The AthHalf partners with Fleet Feet Athens to host the FREE AthHalf Training Program. The training program includes a free weekly group run on Saturday mornings, starting in August and running consecutively through the week before race weekend. AthHalf participants interested in joining the free training program will meet at Fleet Feet Athens at 1694 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA

Before You Start, A Note About Base Mileage

The training plan below mentions 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 doing long runs 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

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. Beginners are encouraged and welcomed to attend the free training runs. For beginners, a base mileage of 12 miles per week prior to training (essentially, 3 miles per day, 4 days per week) should suffice. You should also be able to run/walk four miles at a time without stopping prior to our first group run. We’re excited to see our returning intermediate runners! Intermediate runners 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 15-18 miles per week for our intermediate group, and the ability to run four miles without stopping prior to our first group run.

Training Calendar

The 2024 Training Calendar is provided by Fleet Feet Athens. Click here to download the 2024 training program calendar.

Training Registration

Fleet Feet Athens provides a FREE training program. Registration for this free program is available here.

Training App

Reach your running goals with the free ASICS Runkeeper™ app. Track exercise, set measurable goals and see progress along the way. Learn more and download the app here.