My Half Marathon Training Plan


How’s everyone’s Tuesday so far? I hope it’s as sticky and humid by you as it is here in D.C. 😉

Anyways, as I mentioned yesterday, this week kicks off my training for the Santa Rosa Half Marathon! As promised, here is the training plan I’m using to prepare for my half coming up in August.New Picture (4)Voila!

I based this heavily off of Hal Higdon’s plan (the Novice 2 training program), although added some strength and/or cross training to Wednesday instead of an additional run. I know my body, and running more than 3 times a week is practically begging for an injury. In case you’re curious, I’m thinking Body Pump, cycling, or a power yoga class as examples of what I’ll do wherever the plan denotes cross training.

Since I’ve had bad luck with training for half marathons in the past (sorry we didn’t work out, Rock and Roll Savannah), I’m going to be sure to stick to this schedule as best as I can, while also staying attentive to my body so that I don’t end up back on the injured list. That may mean doing slightly less mileage during the week, but I figure as long as I’m hardcore with my long runs on Saturday, all should be fine. Right?


And holler – I’m escaping the D.C. heat in time for my long runs to begin. I couldn’t have planned this better if I’d tried!

Time to head to work…  Have a great day, kiddos!


Runners, what training plans do you usually use for half marathons (if you’ve run one)? I also looked into Jeff Galloway’s plan, but it was a little too long for me (17 weeks!), plus I like my long runs on Saturday.

5 Comments on My Half Marathon Training Plan

  1. Cait's Plate
    June 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM (4 years ago)

    Ah! I’m a little late to the party but congrats on the big news!! So exciting!!

    I haven’t run any half marathons so I wouldn’t be the expert on giving advice, but I’m sure plenty of other bloggers will have info for ya 🙂 Good luck with the training!

    • joelle
      June 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much- I’m stoked!


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