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How Long is a Half Marathon?


Updated May 16, 2014

Florida, USA
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Question: How Long is a Half Marathon?

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

Answer: A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21 kilometers, or exactly half the distance of a marathon. It's a good goal for runners who have already completed a 5K (3.1 miles) or a 10K (6.2) miles and are looking for a new challenge.

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. You can also use this half marathon email course to go along with this training plan.

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.

Half Marathon Training Schedule for Advanced Runners: 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.

Also see:
How Long Will It Take Me to Run a Half Marathon?
13 Reasons to Run a Half Marathon
6 Commonly-Asked Questions About Half-Marathon Racing
13 Mistakes Half Marathoners Should Avoid
10 Best Things About Half Marathon Running

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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