July 1, 2013

Beginner's Half Marathon Training

Today starts my 1st official half-marathon training! Back in February I signed up to run the Air Force Half-Marathon which is scheduled for September. The 5k, 10k, and half are now sold out, but there are 50 spots open for the full marathon as of this morning.
I've been running for a few years now and as far as races I have completed a handful of 5ks. I knew I wanted a half to be my next big goal and signing up early has given me the chance to mentally prepare and put together a training plan.
To help me along the way I am going to follow Hal Higdon's 12 week novice training plan. I like it because it gives me an ample amount of time to build up to the dauntingly high mileage. I will run a 5k race halfway through at 6 weeks and possibly a 10k race at 9 weeks. 

Here's what my first week looks like. Posting my weekly schedule here will help hold me accountable! 
Here are the links to the strength and cross training exercises. 

The Ohio humidity is awful in the summer and I'm not trying to pass out running in feels like temps of 90 degrees. For now I plan to try and run in the evenings. Once I hit longer sets and pick up miles I'll do my long runs in the mornings.

What tips do you have for half-marathon training? 

Any advice for incorporating hills?

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