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Get ready for your first half marathon by training with Hal Higdon the best known running author and athlete. His training programs have helped thousands reach their running goals, and this half marathon app will help you get to the starting line with confidence.

Hal Higdon's many accomplishments include:

* Author of 35 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide and a new novel, Marathon
* Completed over 111 marathons and has won four overall victories and numerous age-group firsts
* Holds the current M40 and M45 American records for the steeplechase
* Is one of the founders of Round Runners Club of America
* Has contributed to Runner's World magazine longer than any other writer

This Novice 2 Half Marathon Training Program is designed both for beginning runners who want to prepare for their first 13.1-mile race, but also for experienced runners interested in a fail safe program that will allow them to excel without making excessive demands upon their time.

Novice 2 is designed for those who have been running a while, who may even have finished a 5-K or 10-K, thus a half marathon presents the next step upward. There is slightly more mileage in Novice 2, just enough to guarantee a higher level of readiness.

Before starting to train for a half marathon, you need to possess a basic fitness level. If you are over age 35, you probably should see your doctor for a physical exam, but assuming no major health problems, most healthy people can train themselves to complete a 13.1-mile race.

The training plan assumes you have the ability to run 3 miles, three to four times a week. If that seems difficult, consider a shorter distance for your first race. You can try our best selling Ease into 5K app which will prepare you to run 3 miles three times a week.

* Novice 2 Plan
* Twelve weeks long
* Run four days a week
* Cross train one day a week
* Rest two days a week
* Three regular runs a week + one long run each week
* Long runs range from 4 to 12 miles
* The plan finishes with the 1/2 marathon on race day

* Hal Higdon's voice will encourage you during your runs
* Distance and pace automatically tracked with built in GPS
* Metric units support
* Training schedule at your fingertips
* See dates for recommended 5K and 10K races during your training
* Home screen shows a visual indicator of your training progress
* Select your own music and skip tracks without leaving the app
* Half point alert, letting you know when to turn back
* Share your workouts on Facebook and Twitter right from your app
* Lock Screen prevents accidental button activation during workouts
* Excellent customer support
* Journal screen lets you document your run
* Keep track of your runs on the in app calendar
* Beautiful graphs show your progress
* Set a goal for distance, pace, weight loss, and distance ran
* See your run on a map*
* Sync your runs with TrainingPeaks software online directly from your mobile device

*Feature not available on iPod touch. Since iPod touch does not have a built-in GPS antenna, the app will ask you for your pace or treadmill speed and will then calculate the time it will take you complete the required distance.

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Compatible with iOS 9.0, requires iOS 6.0 or greater.

What’s New

Version 3.5.8

Restored posting to Facebook

Ratings and Reviews

2.1 out of 5
8 Ratings
8 Ratings
Grape-to-Raisin ,

Great program, terrible app

This is a fantastic program, but the app isn't worth the money. I bought this app to help track my runs and it hardly does that. The gps tracker is inaccurate. The pause/done button is in an odd location and I constantly accidentally pause or "finish" my runs. It's frustrating to go another 30 mins and realize the app hasn't been tracking. I can easily design this running program myself. I bought the app to help track it, and it's terrible at doing that.

Cchachere ,

Not sure why the reviews are so negative

I've been running on and off for the last five years (with a 2 year hiatus due to grad school + working full time), and credit Hal's apps 100% for the progress I've made and successes I've had. I never ran a mile in my life until C25k. Graduated from that to Bridge to 10K, and am now prepping for my second half marathon with this app. The app is simplistic, but I appreciate that. Hal chimes in with advice and encouragement once every 10 minutes during your scheduled run (calories/distance/pace update occurs once per mile). My iTunes library syncs through the app. I have access to a fitness journal where I can chronicle weight, calories burned, splits, average pace, and how I felt that day/nutrition/etc. the app also saves GPS map data from my runs. If I was to have one complaint it is that Spotify and Pandora don't sync through the app. But I'll live. The app does what it promises to do, and the running plans they're built off of are solid and drive results.

Mykidsmomlh ,

Novice 2

Lame. Really should have just looked at the basic online regimen. It has no benefit and the set isn't helpful at all. Sorry I wasted 10$! Ridiculous. Don't bother.


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35.8 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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