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!

My First 5k

A few weeks ago, I ran my first 5k. I hate running, I have always hated running, but I wish I was a runner. I made the unfortunate mistake of mentioning this to a runner friend of mine. He has been on me for the last two months about getting out and running and to sign up for a 5k. In an effort to make him leave me alone, I finally signed up and began running several days per week. I prefer to run on a treadmill because it’s easier, but I knew the 5k was going to be outside. Therefore, while training I ran outside one or two days per week. Another two or three days per week, I would run on the treadmill. On the other days, I either walked, did the elliptical, or rested. I loved having low impact days because I have an old knee injury that would sometimes nag at me. Rest days were also very important, especially in the beginning or when I upped my mileage. My muscles were definitely sore. To recover and build my muscles, I made sleep a priority. The body needs to recharge, so giving myself some rest was vital.

I preferred to run in the mornings, so whatever I ate for dinner the night before was my fuel. I stayed away from fried foods and simple carbs which made me feel heavy and a little sick. I also didn’t eat just a boring lettuce salad. If I did, I wouldn’t have enough calories to go as far as I needed to. Delicious complex carbs and protein is what I stuck with. I also included healthy plant fats and vegetables. On the off chance I didn’t get enough food, or the right food, the night before, I would grab a bit of fruit for some energy. A few grapes or a glass of orange juice gave me enough energy for the run.

On my first run I couldn’t do .6 miles without burning out. But I ran 3.1 miles in 33:33. I was very nervous on race day. I arrived early to give myself plenty of time to work myself into a tizzy then calm down and focus on the task at hand. I picked up my packet, got my t-shirt, and pinned my on bib. When pinning, I read the instructions. Mine said it had to be on the front of the body, facing out, right side up. I warmed up using dynamic stretching and smiled at all the cute kids and dogs running around. I also recommend you check out the tents and jam to the music being played to help get you hyped. I didn’t, but I was there alone and too embarrassed to let loose.

When it comes to lining up, I chose the middle. I’m not an expert runner, nor am I complete beginner. I kept my muscles loose so when the race started, my legs were ready. Like most first timers, I went too fast in the beginning and I didn’t rehydrate at the station. I would say those are my two biggest mistakes. Another observation of myself and my personality that I will take into my next race, is I don’t determine the weather or the trail. There were small hills and it was very windy. I let these environmental factors slow me down, when I should have persevered. I was pleased to see the finish line and I pushed myself to finish strong. Tip: when you finish it is good to walk around a bit to let your muscles cool down. Oh and a tip I didn’t know I needed was to remember where you park. I walked around for about as long as my race because I couldn’t find my car in the parking garage.

After the race and I returned home, I ate…a lot…of carbs. I enjoyed my race and I was very proud of myself. I’m also pleased to say my running accountability partner was proud of me, too. So proud in fact, I have just signed up for my first 10k at his insistence. I’m nervous because it’s longer, in the city, and there will be a lot of people there. But I’m going to start training tomorrow and will be ready come race day!

I Hate Running

I want to be a fit chick, but I hate to run. Is it a prerequisite for all fit chicks to be marathon running, yogis? I have the yoga thing, but the running is such a drag! I’ve always wished I were a runner, runners have such great legs. I have…had dancers legs. They’re fine but they tend to be a bit more bulky and less lean. I’d like to have lean, strong legs. So I’ve decided to try running. A couple people at work are runners and they swear by it! They love it, and run several days a week, one runs everyday. After talking with one of them, he said the running isn’t so much fun but the feeling afterward is what you run for. The high you get from all that endorphin rich blood in the brain, I guess is worth the torture. He is pushing me to do a 5k in a couple weeks, but I’m not ready. I can’t run 3 straight miles. I can run 1 straight mile, which I am very proud of. I found this running article that said if you followed their plan for 30 days you would fall in love with running after two weeks. I made it the two weeks–I still hate running. I am surprised by my improvements though. On my first day I was able to run .6 miles, by day seven I was able to run a full mile. I say run, I mean a REALLY slow jog, like turtles on beach slow. Slow and steady wins the race right? I looked at the 5k times from last year for the race my co-worker recommended, and people were finishing them in less than 30 minutes. It takes me 12 minutes to do one mile! I don’t yet have my confidence, and I haven’t been running in a few days. I’m calling it the weather, but I think it’s more my loathing attitude toward the activity.

I guess sometimes you gotta do what you don’t wanna do, right?