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Training for a half marathon

As one of the sponsors of the Cambridge Half Marathon, we've brought together our top experts in sports and exercise science to give you the best advice whether you're a first time half marathon runner or a seasoned pro. Signing up was the first step; with our tips on training and nutrition we'll help you through the rest.

Training Plan

The following training plan has been created by Dr James Johnstone our Deputy Head of Department for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

James Johnstone

Dr James Johnstone

Planning Training 1 – If you fail to plan, you’ll plan to fail!

There are a few things to consider before you get started with your training. Before any training programme, you should check with your doctor that you are in good health and do not train if injured.

Planning Training 1

Planning Training 2 – Recreational schedule (ten weeks)

One way to plan and progress training in an organised manner is to try to work backwards from race day. If you are starting to train from 19 December, there are ten weeks to the race in March.

Planning Training 2

Diet and energy

Nutrition for new runners

A half marathon can seem like a difficult challenge for new runners but the key is preparation. Our nutrition and physiology expert Dr Justin Roberts talks us through the key points to consider when attempting your first half marathon.

Why is diet important?

Whether you are a new or experienced runner diet is hugely important to ensure you achieve the best performance to get you across the finish line. Dr Roberts continues his advice, explaining why diet is important when training for a half marathon.

Is your training leaving you without any energy?
Find out how your diet could be the problem.

Do sports drinks really help?

Are you considering sports drinks and gels as part of your Half Marathon plan? Find out whether they're really worth the hype.