My Half Marathon Training Plan

by Her Happy Balance on May 29, 2014

Hi, friends! It’s been almost a month since I signed up to run my first half marathon! I will be running the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon in September. I still have some time before I have to officially start training, but I’ve put together my training plan and just wanted to share it with you folks. I decided to create a plan that will have me running three days a week, as I know my body begins to max out on a fourth run day. Here’s what the training plan for my first half marathon will look like – 

Half Marathon Training Plan

I formulated the plan so that I will have a short run, a mid-length run and a long run each week. I think I will be doing my short runs on Tuesdays, my middle length runs on Thursdays, and long runs on Saturdays. I’m going to try and work on speed during the short runs. The mid-length runs will hopefully get my legs warmed up for the long runs where I work on endurance. I’m hoping to incorporate 3 days of cross/strength training each week (most likely MWF) and a full rest day on Sundays. Of course, life will most likely happen and I may have to shift things around, but this is the plan I am aiming to follow.

I initially had a nine week plan, but decided that on some of the weeks where I am significantly upping my mileage, I may want to repeat those to get my body completely used to that distance before moving on. So weeks 4-9 are weeks where I am going to run the same mileage for two consecutive weeks.

Training will definitely be a learning experience, but I’m excited to get going!

Any tips for a first-time half marathoner?
Did you carry your own fuel/water on you? Or rely on the stations throughout the race?

Comments on this entry are closed.

Nicole @ Simply Nicole May 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

So proud of you!! Can’t wait to cheer you on!

Her Happy Balance May 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Yay!!! Thanks so much, Nicole! Stoked to have you and Bry be there!!

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne May 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

I’ve never ran a race, but have run a half marathon for fun on my own. I didn’t carry anything with me, but had to stop at a water fountain for water, which sucked when I had to start running again because at that point I was almost done with my run and my legs were dead and didn’t want to move anymore. So I would recommend bringing your own water and food. I’ve heard of so many people doing this and working out great for them πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance May 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Good point, I’m hoping my legs will be able to keep going through the whole thing. I guess I’ll get a better grasp on their endurance as my long runs start happen.

Debbie Rodrigues May 29, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I will be following your progress closely. I just ran a 10km again today after many years. I need to improve my time first, but why not dreaming about a 20km? πŸ˜‰ #success

Her Happy Balance May 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Good for you on the 10k! And nice to “meet” you! With time and training anything can be accomplished, I’m a believer πŸ˜‰

Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures May 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I’m so excited for you! I feel like the week before you run your race running 13.5 miles isn’t something I would necessarily do, but you’ll forge your own path when you get your mileage up. I prefer to do next to nothing the weekend before a race because it leaves me wanting to run and keeps my legs fresher. Otherwise, I think you’ve got a sexy running plan on your hands! You’re going to do amazingly! And I can’t wait to hear about the intense appetite you’ll feel when you start getting your mileage up there. It’s totally an excuse to eat Mexican every Saturday night on date night. πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance May 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

After staring at the plan for a while, I think I am going to scale back the 10 mile race the week of the race to just whatever I want to do….I guess I didn’t really take tapering into account at all, you are such a smart panda! And I am SO excited for the justification to eat my body weight in Mexican food (cheese) and I’m hoping that my American thighs will be like peace out we’ve got other people to hang with πŸ™‚

Brianna @ I run He tris May 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm

The only change I would make is not running so much the week of the race. I would probably cut that 10 miler in half and give yourself 2-3 full days of rest leading up to the race so that your legs are nice and fresh! I carry my own fuel but not my own water. I’m picky about what fuel I use and you don’t want to train with one thing and then they don’t have why you like on race day! Can’t wait to see your progress!!

Her Happy Balance May 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

You are so right! After staring at the plan, I was thinking 10 miles so close to the actual race may be a bit much, I guess I need to taper at least a little πŸ™‚ Thanks for the advice, it’s much appreciated!!

Kristen May 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Good luck! For my first half marathon (Disney Princess), it was so hot and humid that I carried my own water. I was really glad that I did that! For my second half marathon (the Love Run in Philly) it was rainy and cool and I relied only on the aid stations and it worked out perfectly. I would definitely see how the weather is – if it’s hot you might want extra water!

Her Happy Balance May 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

Thanks for the tip, Kristen! I will definitely be checking the forecast for that day as soon as it is available in my Weather Channel 10 day forecast…and then check it every day leading up to the race as well because I’m crazy like that πŸ™‚

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: