This half marathon training plan is not randomly divided over 12 weeks, each session builds on the previous one, so don’t be tempted to swap weeks around to suit your schedule.

However, you can change the days within a week. Just remember to rearrange the rest days, too, to ensure maximum benefit from each session.

Complete the easy stuff easy and the hard sessions hard. Take the rest days seriously, too. The training will stress your body and it will need recovery time.

Stretching and using a foam roller is an essential part of run training, this will help improve your running and most importantly keep you injury-free. Regular massages on rest days are also recommended.

If possible, avoid completing every session on a hard surface. Soft surfaces, like grass, dirt and sand, put less strain on your body, reducing the risk of injury, and provide a well-rounded workout because you will be forced to shift and adjust to uneven terrain, using muscles you might not on tarmac.

Neglect nutrition at your peril. Get used to consuming gels in training and don’t try anything on race day that you haven’t already put into practice.

Download the plan here: 1/2 Marathon training plan