Here at RealJock.com, the half marathon—13.1 miles—is among our favorite distance events. Unlike the ouch-inducing 26.2-mile marathon, which leaves even the most fit athletes aching for days, the half marathon is long enough to challenge just about anyone but short enough that you can do one without worrying so much about how much ibuprofen you can safely take in a day.
To help you prep for a half marathon, we asked Shelby Corkern Jacquez, a personal fitness trainer at DIAKADI Body, coach for San Francisco's Team in Training triathlon team, and private coach to many beginner and seasoned marathoners, to provide a marathon training program to help you get ready for your first half marathon in just 12 weeks.
Half Marathon Program Training Links
Follow along with the RealJock.com half marathon training program to get ready for a half marathon in just 12 weeks.
- Week 1 Training
- Week 2 Training
- Week 3 Training
- Week 4 Training
- Week 5 Training
- Week 6 Training
- Week 7 Training
- Week 8 Training
- Week 9 Training
- Week 10 Training
- Week 11 Training
- Week 12 Training
About Half Marathon Coach Shelby Corkern Jacquez
Shelby needs her daily run like some people need their daily cup of coffee. She is a personal fitness trainer at DIAKADI Body, voted best personal training gym in San Francisco in 2006 by CitySearch. In addition to her love of running, Shelby is passionate about yoga, karate, surfing, swimming, and cycling. Her love for endurance running has inspired her to coach many beginner and seasoned marathoners. She has coached both privately and with San Francisco's Team in Training triathlon chapter.
Need a Race to Run? Find a Half Marathon Near You
Almost all major cities have marathons these days. Looking for a great marathon worth doing? Try these resources: