Half Marathon Round 2 – Training Plan and Goals

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!!

I wanted to share my goals and training plan for the Seashore Half Marathon this April.

I was really happy with the result of my first half marathon, but there are a few things I want to do differently this time around.

First, I would ideally like to run this half marathon in under two hours. I am not exactly sure how attainable that goal is though because I finished the last one in 2 hours and 27 minutes. There were other factors like extreme heat and humidity, so I’m hoping the weather will be better this time around.

Therefore, my attainable goal (hopefully) for this marathon is to run it in 2 hours and 10-15 minutes. My mega goal will still be to run it under two hours, but if this doesn’t happen I’ll understand!

To meet my goal of running faster I am using a slightly different training plan that incorporates speed work. I am also running all the way up to 12 miles this time. Last time I only ran up to 10, which was fine, but I’d rather not tack on 3.1 miles on race day!

Half Marathon January

Half Marathon FebruaryHalf Marathon MarchHalf Marathon AprilAs far as speedwork goes, you can see that it occurs on Wednesdays in the form of tempo runs and interval runs. I’ve been doing interval runs since Christmas with this goal in mind, so hopefully it helped! For those of you who don’t know, an interval run is where you basically run .25 of a mile at a faster than distance running pace a certain number of times. A tempo run is when you start slowly to warmup and then increase your pace to a 10-k race pace for the middle 10-15 minutes and then cool down for the last 5-10 minutes.

Another thing I’m excited about this time around is that all of my training is running and strength based. I didn’t really enjoy the cross training last time, so I decided to forgo it this time around. I do enjoy yoga so I might try to sneak that in from time to time. But, I am happy to stay off the bike and elliptical this time.

A final note about training – I am really hoping to keep up my strength workouts this time. Last time they kind of fell to the side because I simply didn’t have enough time on Thursdays to do strength work after a 4.5 or 5 mile run. This time all of my strength work is on its own day (Monday) or after a 3 mile run which is doable (I currently weight train after a 3 mile jaunt on the treadmill so I know I can fit it in!). I really enjoy weight training and I think it helps prevent injuries. It also helps me keep weight off!

As far as gear goes, I still have my Garmin, Camelbak, and foam roller, all items I plan on using again this time around. If you don’t use a foam roller – you need one!! They are lifesavers.


I also bought a pair of compression socks (they were 70% off earlier this week!) to help with recovery after long runs.

I am hoping to get a new pair of running shoes for my birthday in February. I was really happy with my Nike Frees the last time around so I might just go with them again. I have also tossed around the idea of going to a running store and doing the whole running on the treadmill shebang to get fitted. Do any of you have thoughts – yay or nay – on running shoe fittings?


One last thing I want to do this time around is incorporate fuel into my long runs. Chris and I never ate anything during our long runs and always only drank water. I think bringing along some Gatorade, even watered down, would help make the long runs more successful.

I have some jelly bean type fuel that vendors gave away at the Rock ‘n’ Roll expo, so I can start with those for fuel. I also want to check out the shot blocks and gel that Anne swears by. Margarita and mocha both get a big thumbs up from me!! I think having a burst of fuel along the way will really help me push through those long miles.

Well, I think that is about it on the half marathon training front!!! I am really excited to train again – there is something so fun about having an actual goal to work toward! I know there will be challenges along the way (like a very busy spring calendar!!) but as long as I am flexible and determined I think this race will be another success on the books in April!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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6 responses to “Half Marathon Round 2 – Training Plan and Goals

  1. Good luck!! I know you’ll do great!!

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  3. I found your blog through Chelsea and just wanted to stop to say good luck with your training!! I’ve done 2 half marathons and am currently training for my first marathon! I think Halfs will always be my favorite though. I live about 30 minutes outside of Arlington too!

    • Thank you so much!!! Also – thanks for checking out my blog! Good luck on your first full marathon! I really want to do my first full this year also!

      I always love finding another local blog so I’ll probably be lurking on your site now!!

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