1/2 Marathon Training Plan

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If you had a busy weekend here is a quick recap of what we were up to:

Some of my fabulous readers asked me to post my 1/2 marathon training plan so here it I go!  I plan on following Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Plan for this race.  I chose Hal because:


1.  I successfully completed my first 1/2 marathon using his beginner’s plan.

2.  I am trying to PR so the built in speed work and tempo runs should help me with that.

3.  I am not yet an experienced enough runner to make my own plan.


The Go! St. Louis race is April 15 so my training is broken down as such:

A couple of notes about my training:
  • I still plan on doing CrossFit 2-3 times per week.  I will probably do it on my “easy” runs.
  • I will be teaching BodyFlow weekly … either on Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday so I will adjust accordingly.
  • I definitely want to make sure I am still lifting weights and doing yoga for cross training
  • I adjusted some of the long run days because I know we have a commitment that day.
That’s pretty much it!  I did my 5 mile run yesterday and average 9:45 min/mile!  Super excited and it makes me think that my 10 min/mile goal pace might just be attainable 😉


Have you run a 1/2 marathon?  If so, did you use a training plan?

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22 thoughts on “1/2 Marathon Training Plan”

  1. i like how your plan has times for tempo runs and not miles. i don't see that often. good luck!! you killed your 5 miler.

  2. Nice plan. I am training for a half marathon right now but I have never used a training plan. I am kind of winging it, whilst including the key ingredients.

  3. I have used a Runner's World training plan for my halfs, and also created my own. Speed work is very important, and cross training with strength classes will do some really great things for your race!

    Good luck :)

  4. I have never done a half marathon, but I am doing my own running "training" on my own time to improve my 5ks and potentially work my way up, logging 50 miles each month. Like you, though, I work hard to fit running in with and around my other workouts. Sounds like you do well staying on top of your training and your classes!

  5. I've never done a half marathon, but I've looked at Hal Higdon's plans and think they look great! I think it's awesome that you're going to continue with other types of working out too- that way you don't get bored and you're able to stay strong :)

  6. I always call myself a non-runner because I feel like I have to train myself to be able to run and I am super slow:) But, with that being said, I did to a half marathon once and I was super proud of myself. You are going to be awesome! My biggest regret during training time was leaving my favorite classes in the dust because I was so focused on running, but it seems you have worked out how to keep them in the mix. Keep up the great work!

  7. I did my first half two years ago, and had plenty of moments when I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it. Just keep your head high! You've got this girly 😉

  8. i just signed up for a 5k and that is like a marathon to me! i have till march 17th to prepare good luck on your training you will do great!!!

  9. I did my first half last year while training for my first full, and I had a great time! you are going to rock it!

  10. I just found your blog, I am a fellow FFA – and I LOVE IT!!!! I have run several half marathons, and I run with/coach with a training group so we always have a plan. I can't wait to follow your training – this is awesome! Best of luck!! :)

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