Half Marathon Plans

Tuesday Workout: 3.5 miles on treadmill (38:40) Walked 1 mile, ran between 6.3-6.5 mph, BODYPUMP (1 hr)

*I did not do my 45 minute yogadownload.com workout last night. Instead, I fought with my scanner for almost 2 hours and tried to upload my music theory homework that was due at midnight. Super fun…


I taught music lessons 9:00-3:00 today and headed to the gym around 3:30 to run on the treadmill before BodyPump class. I was really tired and told myself I could go as slow as I wanted. I started with a .5 mile walk then ran 2.5 miles and finished with a .5 mile walk. I always like walking after a run because it cools me down, brings down my heart rate and helps loosen me up.  I cut it kinda close and as soon as I was finished on the treadmill I ran over to class. I was really looking forward to Pump today, because I thought they would use the new release (new song list/choreography) but the instructor told us they aren’t using it until NEXT week. WHY?! The Tuesday night instructor is super sweet and buff but it does get on my nerves when she instructs class and isn’t in time with the music. It’s like she will do movements faster than the beat should be and it drives me crazy. Then I get stubborn and stay with the music, but look wrong.

Has anyone ever experienced a BodyPump instructor that can’t stay with the music???


Even though I had a pretty horrible run on Saturday, I am very excited to start my training plan for the Hershey 1/2 Marathon on October 16th.  I am looking to do a 12 week plan that will still allow me to take BodyPump class and hopefully cross-train with yoga and spinning. I love following running plans. It makes me so happy to see the mileage and get to cross it off on the calendar. The only problem is I get pretty down on myself if I skip or fall short on a scheduled run because I’m tired and don’t feel like running. I am okay with skipping a run if I am really sore and my body needs a break from a shorter mid-week run.  I will never let myself skip or fall short on a weekend long run.

In the back of my mind, my running plans/goals for this year (I’m thinking school year!) are:

* Run a faster 1/2 marathon in October at Hershey

*Run the insanely hard Penn State 1/2 marathon in December again (seriously, this thing is stupid hard…crazy hills – read the description!)

* Run another full marathon in the Spring!

I am still deciding between plans for the October 1/2 and I am thinking of just altering/combining mileage from a few of the following plans…

Plan from this month’s Runner’s World

I used Hal Higdon’s full marathon plan (novice 1) this past year and it was tough. I’m not crazy about the long runs in his half plans though…

This is the Nike+ plan I used last summer when training for the Disney Wine & Dine 1/2 and it was tough.  I ended up lowering some of the mileage because I wasn’t ready for it.  I like the Tues/Weds/Thurs running schedule, but I don’t really feel like running a 13 and 14 during week 9 and 10.

Hope I didn’t bore you with my training plans, but I really get into them! Any suggestions?


Posted on July 12, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I am definitely interested in seeing your training plans. I am going to start training for my first Half at the end of this month. I am doing the Nutrilite 16 Week Plan. I’m not sure how it is going to go, but I am really interested to get started and see.

    And, I’ve already marked on my calendar when I will need to start training if I decide to do a full Marathon in the Spring. I’m thinking big!

  2. I love walking after a run too to cool down, I hate when I don’t leave enough time to get that in.
    I made up my own half training plan and it was probably just enough/bare minimum I needed to accomplish my goal of under 2 hrs so I don’t have much advice. I know I took Hal’s plan as the base though and tweaked from there. Good luck in picking or making up a good one for you!

  3. I generally like Hal’s plans. His intermediate 1/2 plan has good long runs, I think. Although I would forego the 12-miler the weekend before your race. Maybe you could mix his novice and intermediate? The RW doesn’t look bad either.

  4. Thanks for sharing your running plans! I’m hoping to do a 10K in the first part of next year and a half during the fall. I had just thought about researching training programs. I’ll definitely look into these!

  5. I had to chuckle as I read about your Body Pump class. I think it’s the musician in you that probably makes you so critical. 🙂

    If I was running a half marathon I think I would go with Hal’s novice plan. While you are exercising everyday, it just didn’t look as intense to me. Oh, and I think you should add swimming to your exercise plan. I’m signing up for the fall AM session. I hate early mornings, but I always feel great after my morning swim. Whatever you choose, you’ll do awesome.

    Gotta run…my princess will be home from XC practice any minute, and I’m going to make her a fruit smoothie in my Magic Bullet!

  6. HOLY MOLY that Penn 1/2 DOES sound hard! I just looked at the description & DANG! You go girl 😀
    I loved hearing your thoughts on the different training plans. I honestly just kind of did my own thing, but it’s nice to find one that you like & can follow!

  7. We are on the same wavelength this week, I just started looking at 1/2 marathon training plans this morning. It sounds like our races are a week apart, I am running the 13.1 Marathon in Dallas on Oct 22nd. I like to train with a group if possible, so I am signing up for RunOn’s half marathon class and will be running Tue & Thurs at 5:15 AM and Sunday long runs at 6 AM. We should have a coach to give us a training schedule but I have my Team in Training half marathon schedule from the spring that I can also follow.

    I am also running the RockNRoll Las Vegas half on Dec 4th. I wanted to run the full marathon but the cutoff time of 4 1/2 hours makes me nervous, so I am sticking with the half this year.

  8. Those plans weren’t boring at all! It looks challenging and fun. I was getting excited just reading about them! I was almost excited to take a break from studying, go into my gameroom and hop up on my treadmill! Then I was like, oh my stupid shin bone. Booooo. haha…But you have fun–I can’t wait to hear all about it! {and now, back to studying and no more blog reading. 😦 }

  9. I don’t have too much wisdom to share, but I’m curious to see what you end up with! I’m looking for a training plan for my second half marathon coming up in November–will probably combine the Jeff Galloway plan (I’m a run/walker) with another one (Runner’s World or Hal Higdon).

  10. I’ve only used Hal Higdon’s plans, so I don’t really have any advice. I’m doing his Novice Marathon plan right now and am already dreading the 40 mile week!

    • I didn’t quite make it to 40 miles that week. By then, I needed to drop a Thursday run every once in awhile because I needed the rest for the long runs. That week I did Tues-5, Weds-10, skipped the 5 on Thurs and then had a fairly successful 20 miler! (Only cried once at mile 18..haha)

  11. good luck with your training! I use a mix of Hal’s plans and runnes world smart coach.

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