Thursday Training Plan: 16 Week Hawkes Bay Half Marathon Beginner Training Plan

“Training for excellence, with excellent training.”

When you cross the finish line of the Hawkes Bay Half Marathon, you will have accomplished something very special.

Designed for Beginner runners who are looking to complete their first half marathon event, the primary goal of this training plan is to prepare you to COMPLETE YOUR event.

Crafted by myself, Ray Boardman PGDipSportsMed, PGDipRehab, PGCertSc (Exercise Science), BSc (Anatomy), DipSportsStudies this plan encapsulates my passion for the sport, my experience from completing dozens of Half and Full marathon distance finishes and my success coaching hundreds of women to achieve their running goals.

Starting 16 weeks before the Hawkes Bay Half Marathon (starting on 28-Jan-19), this plan progresses through phases to build up your fitness. Each week contains three runs. You will build up to 2 hours running in a single session. Although not necessary, I recommend using a heart rate monitor in conjunction with a GPS watch (such as a Garmin).

Prior to using this plan, you should be able to run non-stop for 60 minutes.

Purchase of this plan gives you access to my fortnightly coaching calls where you can ask me any training or racing related questions.

Get full details here.

Questions? Please visit us on the web at or email myself directly at:

Training for another race distance? I also have training plans for IRONMAN/Challenge Triathlons (3.8km Swim/180km Bike/42km Run) and Sprint & Olympic Triathlons plus Running Races (from 5k to marathon), too.

Please note:
• This training plan starts on Monday 29 Jan 2019 and finishes on race day.

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