Running has always been a mental release for me. I only started running for distance and time a couple of years ago, and am so thankful to have found a passion for it. I know not everyone does, and also realize that some people actually despise it.
I get that. But, to those of you who haven’t really given the sport of running a fair try, here’s some more info to hopefully inspire you to give it a go!
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I love to train for long distance races. So far, I have raced in three half marathons with PR of 1:58:31. My goal is to run at least two more before going for a full marathon. (Yes, that is on my Fitness Bucket List!)
I love to challenge my pace with 10Ks and 5Ks also like to check out fun runs. Do you have a race you would like coverage for? I’m always looking for sponsors!
• Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon (November 2014)
• Detroit Turkey Trot Drumstick Double (10K + 5K) (November 2014)
• Detroit Free Press Half Marathon (October 2014)
• Gasparilla Half Marathon (March 2012)
• 2012 Winter Park Road Race 10K (March 2012)
• Color Me Rad 5K (May 2015)
• Drenched 5K (July 2013)
• Foam Fest 5K (June 2013)
• Pistons Fit 5K (October 2013)
• The Neon Dash 5K (August 2014)
Looking to participate in a color run, but not sure what to expect?
Here’s a full recap of my experience and a handful of tips I’ll remember for future color runs!
5K Training Plan For Beginners
As a personal trainer and running enthusiast (not expert), I would recommend going for and feeling good about a 5K (3.1 miles) before attempting any longer distance.
After searching around online and piecing together what makes the most sense to me, I formulated a 9 week plan specifically for runners at the introductory level. The only things you need* before starting this program is proper running shoes, a phone or fitness watch to track your time, and a GPS app like RunKeeper or MapMyRun to keep track of your distance.
*See my 10 Things You Need to Train For a Half Marathon post for more ideas!
Half-Marathon Training (Intermediate) 6 Week Plan
This is a six week half-marathon training plan I came up with on my own, specifically catered to what works best for me, and I would only recommend it to those who can already run a 10K or 6 miles without stopping. Keep scrolling for my 10-week training plan if you are looking for something closer to a beginner level.
Half-Marathon #2 Training Recaps
• Week 1
• Week 2
• Week 3
• Week 4
• Week 5
• Week 6
Half-Marathon Training (Beginner) 10 Week Plan
This is a 10 week training program I followed from marathonrookie.com. Before even thinking of training for a half-marathon, make sure you can keep a steady run for at least 30 minutes without stopping. Once you feel comfortable with that, you’re ready to start Week 1!
Half-Marathon #1 Training Recaps