Half Marathon Series – Picking a Training Program

January 16, 2017

  1. Amber Marie Werner says:

    This is super motivating! Thanks for sharing. I would definitely need to start at an intermediate level because I am not a runner (yet), but I would love to get into this!
    PS. Your pup is adorable.
    Xoxo Amber

    • Girl, that’s completely okay! I did a beginner program for my first half and an intermediate for the following two. It all depends on the person running and their goals for the race. You should sign up for one near you!! It’s a great way to motivate yourself to get out there and just do it. :)

  2. Brianna Palos says:

    I am currently using Hal Higdon’s Beginner 1 plan for my first half marathon that’s coming up in March. It’s been wonderful! The thing that has helped me the most (since I am VERY much a beginner) was not worrying about time at all. I’ll admit this has been difficult because I’m pretty competitive, but it has helped me relax and enjoy the process more. I’ll never win any races, so why put so much pressure on myself? Like you, I just want to finish this race, and then maybe focus more on getting faster for any other races! ????

    • Yay for Hal Higdon! We did his intermediate plan last year and I think it’s been my favorite yet. What half are you running? There are SO many this time of year!
      And that’s what I had to do to. I’m not competitive so much against other people, but more competitive against myself. I always want to beat my previous times and get bummed when I don’t. It’s hard to not let it bother me, but sometimes the goal is just to finish a run, and not worry about the time!
      So excited for you!! <3

      • Brianna Palos says:

        Thanks friend! I’m running the Rock n Roll In Dallas with my friend who is a much more experienced runner! ???? it will be so fun!

        Do you have any sort of belt that you use and recommend for your long runs? I’m getting really tired of carrying my phone in my hand, but I don’t love any of the arm bands that I’ve tried. Maybe something on my waist would be more comfortable?

        • Oooh so fun! Good luck <3

          And actually, yes I do! I use two different belts when I run. When it's dark out, I use my GoMotion belt for the flashlight, which you can get on Amazon (http://a.co/hUDqxJA ), but it is too small to hold my phone.
          During the day I wear my SPIbelt, which I LOVE (http://a.co/5tTJJ0Q ). It's perfect for carrying my phone and keys, and I seriously don't even notice it's on when I wear it. Plus, they have SUPER cute patterns!

          I'd definitely recommend you go for the belt! I used to wear an arm band, but a belt is SO much more comfortable and cuter, if I say so myself. :)

  3. Jamie Fray says:

    Love this :) I am also training for a half marathon in March, and it will be my first one. I am using a 12-week plan by Coach Jenny Hadfield, and I had started long-distance walking 7 weeks before that. I am an extreme beginner, blogging about all my hiccups along the way, but I have found the interval training to be a very effective way to be motivated. Those short intervals are something I can finish, and finish strong. Also, I’ve already seen a big change in my endurance, and my weight loss has increased. Yay :) Anyway–thank you for sharing. Sounds like you are a fellow Texan, so good luck in your half!

    • I am so excited for you!! And giiirl interval training is my favorite way to incorporate speed training and it’s SO effective. Which half are you running?

      • Jamie Fray says:

        Oops! Sorry–just saw this :) I just did a walk/run of the Rock n Roll half in Dallas. I think you’re from Dallas, too, right? We need to get together some time–I’d love to pick your brain on some strategies for training!

      • Jamie Fray says:

        So sorry—just saw this! I ran the Dallas Rock n Roll. Well I wogged it ;) And really loved it–I’m hooked!

  4. Sarah Jean says:

    I definitely fall into the camp of “can’t run a mile” but I greatly admire people that are runners! Maybe one day I will just give it a go and see how far I get. Good luck on your race!

  5. Jackie says:

    So exciting! I am DYING to get back into running..should be cleared by my OB this week thank goodness! I have a 10k in February and then probably my first half back at it in November. It’s too hot for half marathons in FL during the summer, so my comeback race has to be in the fall. Good luck with training! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

    • Oooh yay!! How’s the 10K training going? I know that when I get pregnant, those weeks after birth will be the longest since I won’t be able to work out for a while. Fall races are so much fun- we ran our first half was in October a few years ago and the weather was perfect.

  6. Jessica Bradshaw says:

    Love your cute photos!! I can’t wait to see all the fun from this years event. You are both going to do amazing. :)

  7. Not training but I want to get into running and working out. This article was really helpful I might try a 10 week program for running. I think that getting up early and working out before class is my best option.

  8. Neely says:

    I haven’t run a race in years but Im thinking of training for a half or maybe a 10k after i Have this baby! Love these tips!

  9. i would love to run a race this year but it is such a huge time commitment, i just cant fit in :( :(

    • Girl I completely understand! It’s SO hard to make time for running, especially when you start getting into the longer distances. We got up at 4AM this morning to fit in a 6 mile run before work. Maybe start with a shorter distance run like a 5K? Those training programs are a lot easier to work with when you have a tight schedule.

  10. Melissa says:

    Great tips!! Good luck in your race!

  11. Jen @ Saving with Spunk says:

    Needed this! I have a 15K in March and I need to start seriously training! Thanks!

  12. Mai Lyn Ngo says:

    This couldnt have come at a more perfect time. While Im deciding on a race (or if I want to race), I think ill aim for shorter runs now. I dont have a ton of time to dedicate to running atm. thanks for sharing. ill check out the training programs you shared.

  13. Alexis says:

    I’m doing the couch to 5K program. I want to run at least 2 5Ks this spring/summer

  14. Brittany says:

    I think that this is so cool! You are such an inspiration! I hate running but you make me want to give it a try!

    • Thanks Brittany! You should give running a try. I love it SO much… It’s a great way to get rid of stress, and the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment at the end of a run is the best. Just start off slow with a walk/jog and I’m sure you’ll start to love it a little too :)

  15. Thanks Kelsey! And ahhh I’d die if I ran a half in August. Running + Texas heat is a no go for me haha.

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