HM Competitive Plan

This 12-week half-marathon competitive plan averages 60 miles (96 km)/week with 5 - 7 runs/week (2 of which are optional). The long run starts at 11 miles (18 km) and peaks at 18 miles (29 km) in week 9.

It includes easy runs, long runs, steady-state runs, threshold runs, VO2max intervals, and repetitions.

The 4SPEED™ Method systematically develops your ability to run a faster HM by improving aerobic endurance, lactate threshold, aerobic capacity (VO2max), and raw speed.

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The training method
Funnel periodization – a modern training method pioneered by the Kenya-based elite running coach Renato Canova.

It preconditions your speed and endurance early in the training cycle so that you can reach a higher VO2max and lactate threshold in the subsequent focus block and eventually run a faster HM race pace.

1. Foundation - This is the base + speed phase which is characterized by extreme polarization.

2. Conditioning - This is the fitness phase with a focus on VO2max and lactate threshold.

3. Race-Specific - This is the sharpening phase where your HM race-fitness is brought to a peak.
"Sandro’s expertise and attention to detail has helped me improve more than I had thought possible. Through his online coaching, I was able to break my 20 year 5K PR by 21 sec to 15:48. And with his training plan, I was able to break my HM PR by almost 4 min to 1:14:29.
Shai Birmaher
"Following the competitive marathon plan helped me reach a new PR with a first place overall finish in 2:39:37 on a hilly course. Sandro’s scientific approach ensures that every run and workout has a purpose, culminating in arriving at the starting line fit, healthy, and fresh."
James Mount

HM Competitive | Miles

$29

12-week plan in miles | 2020 edition
5 - 7 runs/week | 60 miles/week
✔ 12 pages with coach notes
✔ Custom heart rate zones
✔ Custom workout paces
✔ Coach support (email)
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HM Competitive | KM

$29

12-week plan in km | 2020 edition
5 - 7 runs/week | 96 km/week
✔ 12 pages with coach notes
✔ Custom heart rate zones
✔ Custom workout paces
✔ Coach support (email)
Instant download