Whether you have 10, 12 or 14 weeks.. you should have plenty of time to hit the ground running… literally. 10 weeks is the shortest amount of time I would recommend for someone looking to run their first half-marathon. 12 weeks is great, and 14 is better.
What’s important to note is that when you’re training for a 13+ mile run, you need to train physically and mentally. Distance runs are hard on your body and you need to prepare for them week by week, however they’re also hard on your brain. That’s a lot of time to kill thinking about God knows what. That’s also a lot of time to spend looking at your running app seeing how much longer. Or searching for the perfect song. If you gradually increase your mileage week by week, you’ll find you’ll gradually increase your mental stamina to handle those runs as well.
Below is a link to a 12 week training plan* I have come up with based on past performance and personal experience. You should be running at least 4 days a week with a Xtrain (cross-train) workout on one of your non-running days. I like to use HIIT cardio on these days to switch things up. Walking, biking or any other activity that you enjoy would work just fine! Feel free to print it out and paste it to whatever you look at most. Keep yourself accountable 🙂
*Note, like all running plans it’s best if you can run 3 miles without stopping at a comfortable pace before you embark on your journey.