Monday, July 18, 2011


A while back I told you that I am running the Top of Utah Half Marathon & I was going to keep you updated on how my training has been going. So here it is.

I found a perfect 12-week training schedule online that I printed out & stuck to for about the first two weeks...

  • Mondays: Rest to prevent injury.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: After warming up, run at a moderate pace for the designated mileage.
  • Wednesdays: Rest on rest days. On run days, after warming up, run at a comfortable pace for the designated mileage.
  • Fridays: Do a cross-training (CT) activity (biking, swimming, elliptical trainer, etc.) at easy to moderate effort for 30 to 45 minutes. If you're feeling tired or sore, then rest.
  • Saturdays: Run the designated mileage at an easy, conversational pace.
  • Sundays: Recover on this day with easy runs to loosen up your muscles.

WeekMonTuesWedThursFridaySatSunTotal Miles Run
1Rest2 milesRest2.5 milesRest3 miles2 easy miles9.5 miles
2Rest2 milesRest3 milesCT or Rest4 miles2.5 easy miles11.5 miles
3Rest2.5 miles2 miles3 milesCT or Rest5 miles2 easy miles14.5 miles
4Rest3 milesRest4 milesCT or Rest6 miles3 easy miles16 miles
5Rest3 miles3 miles3 milesCT or Rest7 miles3 easy miles19 miles
6Rest4 miles3 miles4 milesCT or Rest8 miles3 easy miles22 miles
7Rest4 milesRest4 milesCT or Rest9 miles3 easy miles20 miles
8Rest4 miles3 miles3 milesCT or Rest10 miles3 easy miles23 miles
9Rest5 miles3 miles4 milesCT or Rest11 milesRest23 miles
103 easy miles4 milesRest3 milesCT or Rest12 miles3 easy miles25 miles
11Rest4 milesRest3 milesCT or Rest5 miles2.5 easy miles14.5 miles
12Rest2 miles20 minutesRest20 minutesRace Day! 13.1 milesRest15.1 miles + 40 minutes

Of course I stuck to it because the first two weeks are easy! Then I got lazy. I run about 4 to 5 miles a day & then occasionally force myself to do long runs. & let me tell you I hate every minute of those long runs. I'm still way excited for this 1/2, but can't seem to find the motivation to train for it. I'm banking on the fact that this course is mostly downhill. Which is awful cause I'm sure it will still kick my bootay!

I've been going to Bodypump a lot lately, which I love.....but it is interfering with my running. I need HELP! I need to get back to my training schedule so I can run this race in a decent time! Anyone have any advice? The clock is ticking & it'll be here before I know it. I would love to here your tips on how you stay motivated for a race! (Heather I'm talkin to you, girl!)


  1. LOVE the blog shout out!! You are so cute.

    My only motivation for the race, was being able to say, "I ran a half marathon!!"

    When I ran the SL half last year, I feel like I didn't even follow a training schedule. I incorporated running 4 days a week (like 4-6 miles a day) and still went to body pump/lifted weights. I still even went to body combat/cardio jam 2 times a week. I think I did 2 long runs (1-8 miler, and 1-10 miler. I don't even think i did more than that.)

    I would usually take Sunday off to recover. I think that if you can run 6 miles non-stop you will be TOTALLY fine in the race! There is so much adrenaline that day, and even for someone like me who IS NOT competitive, it gets the best of ya!

    Hope that helps!! Let me know if you have any other question!

    Let me know if you have any other questions! You will do awesome!