Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Half Marathon Training Schedule

Half Marathon Training Schedule

Sprint training, cross training, strength training,

Beachbody On Demand

I promised that I would post my Half Marathon training schedule and time has slipped away from me. Previous posts about Half Marathon training, Post 1, Post 2.

I trained for 16 weeks. Please note, I am a beginner half marathoner, and this is the schedule I used. My goal was to cross the finish line in under 2:00:00. And the exciting thing was I achieved my goal! I crossed the finish line at 1:58:16. You can do it too!

Below is the training I used by focusing on using Sprint training and Beachbody On Demand (1,000's of proven exercises by professional trainers) you can sign up here.

I want to warn you this schedule was rigorous and I was exhausted at the beginning. Please pace yourself and know your body when training. It's important to stay healthy and strong when training.

Be consistent, Commit and stick to the plan. You will gradually get stronger and it gets easier each week. 

Focus on a nutritious meal plan with healthy choices of veggies, fruit, lean protein and carbs. I follow the 21 Day FIX plan. You can find and purchase that plan here and click on SHOP.

Race day:
Make sure you prepare what you are going to wear based on the weather. The Des Moines Marathon was COooooold! I wore many layers. Many races will allow you to wear warm clothing and remove it while on the course. The race organizers will donate these clothing items to a local shelter.

Family and Friend Cheerleaders:
Training for a half marathon or full marathon takes a lot of time away from your family. My family supported me throughout my entire training and I really wanted them to be there for support on race day. I recommend you share with your family the race route. There will be road closures and marked parking. Since your race will be around 2 hours, your family or friends can see you race in numerous spots. Another recommendation would be for your family to bring bikes. Since parking is difficult at races, bikes are easy to maneuver throughout the race route.

The best part of my race was seeing my family at miles 3, 8 and 10.5. The 10.5 mile was the best! Seeing them gave me more adrenaline to keep pushing to the finish line.

All of this helped me reach my goal of finishing before the 2 hour mark.

After all the training, putting that medal around your neck is so exhilarating. 

Racing with friends is so much fun and creates many memories!

The shoes that got me through the finish line and training. They are Brooks Ghost.

Share with me if you used this training calendar.

What race are you training for?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

How to Train for a Half Marathon: Training Schedule

How to Train for a Half Marathon
A Beginners Training Schedule

This is the second post about my half training. To view the first post go here.

I have ran four road races in my life, they were all 5Ks. My first one was brutal. I ran it in about 36:00 minutes and didn't train. I was so painfully sick from Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) two days after I had to leave work. I went home and slept from 3:00pm - 8:00pm. Worst mistake I made: No training.

I feel I should give you all a little background on my fitness level. I have been very active as a child and have been exercising regularly since I was in 7th grade. I switched school districts when I went to High School (1990) and wanted to get to know people, so I joined Cross Country. I hated it. Oh boy, I hated every bit of it. And I wasn't good. I also ran track which was better, but still, wasn't my favorite.

I was also on the dance team since 7th grade through college, so I've done cross training, weights, strength, cardio, HIIT, kickboxing you name it, I exercise. I like to exercise, it's something I enjoy doing. But running? Ugh, you will hear me complain anytime I had to run. 

I've had numerous training plans in my day, and this time, I knew I needed a plan to get me to run 13.1 miles for a race.

So I did the best thing I could think of...I asked numerous friends who HAVE completed half marathons what plan they use, until I found the best own. I took bits and pieces from each one and created my own plan and I'm excited to share that with you in the following weeks.

But here are some of the plans that I received:


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to train for a Half Marathon: Beginners training

How to Train for a Half Marathon
A Beginners Guide to Race Training

Have you ever been asked to run a race with someone? It goes like this..."Hey, do you want to run this XX race with me? Come on, you can do it! Do it with me." And your immediate thought is..."If they THINK I CAN do this, I will do this." And you say "YES!"

Then fear sets in as you start to wonder, what did I just get myself into?
  • Crap, I don't like to run.
  • HOW am I going to do this.
  • I can't run that far.
  • Okay, I can do this, I need to find a training plan.
  • Where do I find a training plan?
  • Can I find a training plan that will be realistic?
  • Oh my God, what did I do? Can I do this?
  • Okay, I can do this.

Maybe that is what you have thought, maybe not, but that is what went through my head when I decided to run a half marathon. Something, I always, kinda wanted to do, but never really thought I truly could.

First, I think you should know, I am not an expert in half marathon training. This is my first time ever. But I thought that I could offer you my experience and everything that I have learned as I train for my first half marathon.

Some quick steps before you start to train.

1. Commit to a race:
If you commit to a race, you have a goal in mind. A date. A distance. A timeframe. This commitment will propel you in your training.

2. Believe in yourself:
Everyone will tell you, you can do it. Because you probably can, if you set your mind to it. If you believe in yourself and you have confidence in your training schedule you will get farther than you ever imagined. (see my post about confidence)

3. Find a training plan you can realistically follow:
Find something that works into your schedule. Something you know you can do. If you like cross training, find a plan that has cross training, if you like treadmill options, look for treadmill training. You have to find a training schedule that YOU LIKE to do. For me, I am using Beachbody On Demand. I personally love it because of the variety. I never get bored. If you think you might be interested in this option too, email me at:

4. Be Consistent:
Stick to your training plan. Plain and simple. If you follow your plan as YOU set forth. You WILL reach your goals!


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