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Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Running | 2 comments

My 8 Week Half Marathon Training Plan

Hola! Is this week flying by for anybody else? Since Monday was a holiday, it has made the rest of the week feel like it is going by in a flash, which is fine by me.

I finally got around to mapping out a training plan for our Rock n Roll Half Marathon in November and I’m sharing it with you guys today. I created the following chart in Excel and then copied all the runs into my Simplified Planner (♥ my planner) and for some reason the race feels more ‘real’ to me now that I’ve done that. And because I’m a nerd who loves to plan, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. 😉


Week one will technically begin on Monday (September, 12th) but I’m running and free-styling some workouts this week, with plans to complete a 6 mile run over the weekend to kick off my long runs.

I think my little chart above is pretty self explanatory, but if you have any questions feel free to comment below and I’ll elaborate on it. I created my plan by blending Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon Training Program and the former training plan I was on when I worked with a running coach to improve my 10K time after having Atlas. I’ve used Hal Higdon’s programs for over a decade and I can’t recommend them enough if you’re looking to train for a race!

I don’t normally train up to 12 miles for a half marathon. I almost always stop my plan at 10 miles, but I remember running the Savannah Rock n Roll Half a few years ago and feeling dead at mile 12. I’m hoping training to 12 miles will give me the physical and mental strength to finish this race strong.

I’m actually glad I only have 8 weeks to train. Initially I was a little nervous, since I’m only allowing myself one ‘fall back’ week but to be honest I just want to push it for the next 2 months and not drag this out. Sometimes I think when I train too long for something, I get more lax about it because I think, “Oh, I’ve got plenty of time.” Now, I’m like, “Yeah, there’s not really a lot of wiggle room – I’ve got to get work done.” That said, I do plan on being flexible with this schedule. With a 2 year old and a 1 year old in the mix, I’m expecting life to get in the way of this schedule. But this schedule is a guide not an order. I’m doing my best to set myself up for success, but realizing that there will most likely be some late nights that turn into missed runs in the morning that turn into treadmill runs late in the day or missed runs altogether. And that’s okay because that’s called ‘life.’

I’m not a competitive runner. If you’re a long time blog reader, then you already know that. But I do love to compete against myself. I’ve given this race some thought and I think there may be a potential for a PR, but it’s still too early in my training for me to say that for sure. I’m faster than I used to be 3 years ago, but I don’t have the distance right now at all. So, I’m not sure how much of my ‘speed’ (using that term in the loosest definition) will transition with me into those long runs. We shall see! No matter what, I’m just thrilled to get to run a race again and I’m so excited for a weekend in Savannah with my family! I can’t believe I will finish a race and Atlas and Andi Rose will be waiting at the finish line for me. I’m sure the thought of seeing them at the finish will make me run my heart out on race day.

Two of my favorite things are on my calendar now – a race and a trip! 🙂


  1. I made a 7 or 8 week half marathon plan last year and loved it. Typically I hate training because I end up sick of running and following a plan by the time the race happens. This time, though, I was ready since I didn’t feel like I “Trained” for so long. This looks great! I never did hill sprints but those are great to add in.
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    • Yessss! I totally agree – sometimes I overtrain and by the end of the training cycle I’m so over running and that always makes me a little sad!

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