Half Marathon Training Schedule

As I’ve mentioned before, I made the massive life mistake of telling a runner friend of mine that I wish I were a runner. Last year one of my goals was to run a 5k and I did it. Luckily, he was very proud of me and my time. Unfortunately, he wasn’t satisfied with my wonderful 5k and has been pushing me…I mean encouraging me…to run a half marathon. So at his insistence, I signed up for a half marathon this spring. I’m tickled by the whole idea (she said sarcastically).

The truth is, I’m not a runner, nor have I ever been. But I believe in discipline and self-mastery. In training for my 5k, I was very disciplined and other aspects of life fell into place. Therefore, I’m hoping to develop that same self-mastery as I train for a half marathon. I like to get up early in the morning to run before anyone is awake to judge me and my slow running. Early to bed early to rise, makes you HEALTHY, wealthy, and wise. So here is my training schedule. It is 12 weeks long and will begin on February 27. Wish me luck!


On days when I’m resting, I will still be sure to do yoga. And if weather allows, I will take a walk or hike on rest days. On cross training days, I will do some other form of cardio like the elliptical, power yoga, maybe try Zumba. Have you done Zumba, what do you think? I won’t do bikes though, they hurt my hoo-ha. I will embrace walking days during half marathon week. On those days I will walk for at least 30 minutes.

The final thing I want to mention is strength training. I have a bad knee, I think from years of dance. But when I started doing glute training, it really improved. Turns out, my knee was probably over compensating for my weak bum muscles. So I will do two days a week of glute centered weight training, one day of lower body (in general, not glute isolation), and one day a week of core strengthening. Building strong, lean muscles will help me keep good form and stay healthy.

I’m not super worried about my time, or even if I run the whole time. If I finish, I’ll be proud. If my anxiety doesn’t get the better of me like the 10k I tried to run last year, I’ll be proud. This is about me, not my friend, not you guys (no offense), but about me, my body, and my health. Are you a runner, do you have any tips for me? If you enjoyed this post, please consider commenting, subscribing, sharing on social media, and making a contribution to my Patreon.

Thank you, and have a sparkly day!

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