Half Marathon Training – Week 1 Recap

by Her Happy Balance on July 8, 2014

Good morning, friends! I’ve decided that I am going to share weekly recaps of my training for my first half marathon. I will keep the posts short and sweet, but I feel like this would be a great way for me to document my progress. And if there is anyone out there thinking about running your first half, maybe seeing someone else going through the training will encourage you to take the final step and sign up! If I can do it, so can you 🙂

I am following a 12 week training plan with 3 runs/week with cross training in-between. If you’re new to HHB you can check out the plan I came up with for myself here.

Half Marathon Training - Week 1

Here’s what my workouts looked like this week:

AM- 25mins. elliptical and biceps/triceps
PM – Shoulders

PM – 1mi. run outside

AM – 30 mins. Arc Trainer, Core and Back

AM – 2mi. treadmill run, 15 mins. incline walk
PM – Chest

Active rest day 🙂

AM – 3 mile run outside at the beach!!! Perfection.

AM – Biceps/triceps
PM – Kayaking!


The total running mileage of this week was 6 miles. It felt kind of strange going from running 3x a week for a total of 15 miles down to just 6 miles. I think it was actually a nice break for my body. The outside run on Tuesday was super, ridiculously hot. But it’s good to get used to running in all sorts of weather conditions, I just have to make an extra effort to constantly hydrate. The outside run on Saturday was perfect – it felt like fall!

Have you ever run a half? How many?
How much cross-training did you incorporate into your half marathon training?

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Stacie@SimplySouthernStacie July 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

Great first week of training! Enjoy those low mileage weeks because they will be adding up soon enough.

Her Happy Balance July 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Definitely. I’m sure I’ll be looking back on week 1 fondly when I have to do those double digit long runs.

Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom July 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

I’ve run 3 half marathons and am waiting to get more money so I can run more!! Princess opens tomorrow…but I’m not sure I can afford it :/

I typically incorporated 2-3 days of cross training into my plan…doing 2-a-days for one half marathon!

Her Happy Balance July 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I completely understand. Races are NOT cheap! I hope you are able to run the Princess again, but if not, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a more affordable race. I would think that Disney races especially are kind of pricey.

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne July 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

Well I’ve never run a half marathon race, but I’ve run it around town just for fun. I was running Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. And weight lifting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, it worked out very well for me 🙂

Her Happy Balance July 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I’m all about the lifting! I want to make sure I keep up my strength while training and don’t lose it because of all the added cardio.

Running Hutch July 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

I’ve done…16 half marathons? I have a list somewhere. I think it’s 16. I didn’t always incorporate cross training into each of those. I think it’s definitely a good thing to do, but it also depends on where you’re at and what your goals are. Just read your post about your training plan. Where did you get it or did you make it up on your own and if so, how did you decide to do it that way?

Her Happy Balance July 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

A friend actually helped me create the plan based on one that he has used before. I also chose it because it only involves 3 days of running, and 3 or 4 runs a week seems to be my body’s limit. I’m concerned about losing my strength (weightlifting ability) and want to maintain a regular strength training program through training as well. One change that I have made to the plan since publishing it is including a taper week. Instead of running 10 miles before race day I’ll probably run a warm up of 3 and then rest until the actual half. Any thoughts on other changes I could make or suggestions on things to add into the plan?

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life July 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Looks like an awesome first week of training! You’re doing great! I just finished my 3rd half in May, and the one thing that I really did differently this time around was incorporate more cardio cross-training (i.e. BodyAttack, Insanity, Bootcamp kinds of classes) instead of just strength training. I added one of these classes in a week and I noticed that it made a HUGE difference in my endurance and speed. I managed to shave off nearly 13 minutes from my previous half time (on a much hillier course too) and I truly think it had a lot to do with more cardio cross-training!

Her Happy Balance July 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Thank you for sharing!!! I have the Insanity DVDS so I think I will try to incorporate that into my workouts more, I can handle once a week with Shaun T 🙂

Becky @ Olives n Wine July 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Way to go on Week 1! I have run 2 halfs – one I trained for, one I didn’t really. You are going to ROCK it! Just stick with your program, incorporate some weights and you’ll be good to go 🙂

Her Happy Balance July 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I am so hoping all of this training will pay off. When it comes to race day, I’m just going to have to trust my body and the training.

Meredith July 9, 2014 at 12:20 am

Nice work girly! I have done one half marathon and I definitely didn’t cross train enough! I think it’s so important to do for the sake of your muscles and all-around strength, too. Keep up the good work 🙂

Her Happy Balance July 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Thanks, Meredith! 🙂 I’ll definitely make sure I cross and strength train, I don’t want to lose the progress I’ve made with weight lifting!

Caitlin July 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Nice job, hun! You’ll be upping the mileage again in no time 🙂 I’m with you on it being weird to drop down, though. My miles for my marathon training are lower right now than I’m used to, which is both nice and odd haha. I’ll be missing this week in a few, though, I’m sure!

Her Happy Balance July 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I’m in week 2 and I already miss last week lol. It’s too hot to be running these miles, leave it to me to train for a half in July! haha

Brittany July 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I definitely prefer a couple cross training days in between my running for half training. I’ve run 5 half marathons, and I trained for 3 of them. I used different training schedules for those, but always incorporated SOME cross training (usually spin classes.) This mileage seems a bit low for a training guide (esp if you’re used to running more) but if it works for you then GO WITH IT!

Her Happy Balance July 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Yeah it is a very low mileage week. The idea of the plan is to gradually build over the next couple of weeks. Everything after week 3 will be pretty intense lol so I guess I should just be happy and enjoy the lower mileage because it won’t be lasting too long.

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