Hal Higdon 1/2 Marathon Training Program - Novice 2 Health & Fitness App Review (iOS, $9.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Bluefin Software, LLC

- Optimized for iOS 7
- Dropped support for iOS 5
- New RunHelper Connect features

Customer Ratings

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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 7.0, requires iOS 5.0 or greater.

Customer Reviews

  • Love It!

    by baugustine302

    Week 1 over. Great app, helps me learn to pace better. Worth the $

  • Wouldn't waste your money!

    by tbrinlee

    Difficult to use and doesn't connect to my IPhone calendar!!! Also difficult to log other workouts or if you run different mileage or cross train! Not worth the money!!!

  • Love this app

    by Ez sleeping

    Love this app and the motivation given by Hal when running. He tells you to keep going and to pick up the pace. I highly recommend it.

  • Great program

    by Jammer(T-1)

    Love this app! It keeps me focused and motivates me to stay on plan. I have run 6+ half marathons but needed that extra thing to keep me training. This app is doing that for me. Yes, the GPS is not the most accurate thing in the world (it's the phone not the app) so I just use my watch to backup the distance/time. I would recommend this to anyone that needs a good training plan.

  • Disappointed

    by H.M.MMMMMM

    Though I enjoyed the app, when it came to long runs my distance would always be different from my run partners distance. I thought it was just a fluke but when I ran my half marathon yesterday it got to 13.1 about .6 miles from the finish!! That last .6 was so painful and so I was not able to make my goal bc I picked up the pace too early. I will use the tng program but not this app next time, too misleading!!

  • Hal is a Great Companion

    by MattF73

    I am in training for my 3rd half marathon with Hal and couldn't do it without him. A couple improvements I would like to see: -Verbal pace notifications by adjustable interval -More Hal encouragement

  • Useful app!

    by Kegrunner

    I started running in July 2012 using the ease to 5k program. I am preparing for a 1/2 marathon in March. I was concerned when I read the other reviews because I do not run on the same days each week. Contrary to the other reviewers, I have had no problems running different days and logging my runs. I simply slide the bar at the bottom to a run and go. I'm on week three and so far I am pleased with the app. It is exactly as advertised.

  • Good program. Worth it.

    by Lance Parker

    Trained for my first half with this program. It is an easy to follow program and completed it without injury. I had 1 week of GPS malfunction that messed with my distance but by that point I knew my pace and could tell by running time how far I had been and how long i needed to continue. It needs to be said that this wasn't a problem with the app but with GPS signal as I was running in heavily wooded/shaded areas. You are able to track your workouts either outside on the roads or at the gym on the treadmil

  • Expensive but...

    by Mizz Nikki

    It's a good program. I'm training for my first half this year and will use this program a couple times until race day. I've been able to follow it without any mods or injuries. Note: I have nothing else to compare it to, but I did enjoy other features provided in other run training apps by another developer. Wish some of those features were incorporated in this program.

  • not worth the money

    by novice missing value

    This app is a costly way to track work outs without flexibility in the program. I find the journal to be the only useful and interactive part of the app. The training schedule feature has hints attached which is useful but it is not a flexible feature. For instance if you do not follow the scheduled training to the crossed t and dotted i there is no way to update the schedule based on your actual workouts or rest days. it does so little. I wish I could get my money back. I am going back to the Gipis app,

  • Dislike this running app

    by msmoth3

    I like Hal Higdon's training program but completely dislike this running app. Music volume is reduced considerably and the app frequently stops calculating distance once paused. Mode than once I though I had the run app on but it had not started. Not recommended for runners.

  • Not Consistent

    by HaileyIdaho

    Have used for several weeks and has been helpful. I run the same loop each day, suddenly today it was not calculating my mileage correctly. My first mile showed as a 5 min mile! I wish... It was more like double that!

  • Not ready to be bought

    by KC Texas

    I have used the C25k app with success, it even lead me to buy the Novice 1 1/2 marathon training app, which lead me to my first 1/2 marathon. Wanting to improve I purchased the Novice 2. Everyone should know Novice 1 (N1), has way more functionality than N2. I used this for 2 halfs, as far as I know when training it worked ok, maybe ? I might not have known, just running on the road or treadmill. The first half I ran the GPS quit before the end of the 8th mile, no more data the entire run. The one I just ran on the 2/3/2013 this App reported I ran over 15 miles on the course. It totally gave me wrong information !!!! Totally messed with my run, wrong distance, wrong average speed, WRONG EVERYTHING !! Oh and the whole time you are running the final day of a 12 week program you get the same lame encouragement quotes from that you did day one of the program when you ran 3 miles.

  • Very inflexible

    by Drewblin

    First the good; the GPS works very well, the app tracks mile splits and maps your run. The bad; if you choose to move workout to a different day of the week it is impossible to change the way it is notated when you record it. You have to follow the program on the exact days or record it incorrectly.

  • Waste of money

    by Strouthion

    What a waste of $10!!! If you WANT to be locked into a overly structured, unflexible, unfriendly app... this MIGHT be for you. But, even then I doubt it. Very disappointed in what CAN'T be done with this app. Don't bother. I want my money back because it will NEVER be used.

  • Too many bugs!

    by Jma55

    This app has so many bugs it is hardly usable. When a new update comes out it does not automatically update your app. You have to pay $10 again.

  • Really?

    by amifer

    So for $9.99 more I can upgrade to novice 2 which pretty much has all the same features as novice 1? Why not include the option to change levels in one app?....I would at least expect that much from such an expensive app that is barely worth the expensive price tag as it is.

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