Back to Half Marathon Training

Yesterday was an easy cross training day: 45 mins stationary bike + stretching.

Last week I had three cross training days on the schedule which was kind of relaxing, but this week I can see that I’m back to half marathon training (for the runDisney Princess Half in Feb).

In fact, this week will be my first week running over 20 miles since my taper for the Fort Lauderdale half.

My schedule looks like this:


Total: 21 miles

I’m a little bit torn because I have to be honest and say it’s been nice to do a bunch of easy, carefree runs. That being said, I like the structure of training and building towards a goal. (The goal of PRing).

Aside from cross training yesterday was a good day for watching football! My Dolphins won a tough one in Pittsburgh and remain in the playoff hunt!!


I lost a heart breaker in my fantasy football playoff game though. When you lose by a lot it’s easier to handle, but losing by half a point is hard. Oh well, there’s always next year.

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This was my first year playing FF and I learned a lot. It was also a great way to bond with my dad since he is a crazy FF player (he managed 11 teams this year!).

My dad is really good too. One year he played in the ESPN league against thousands and thousands of people and won the entire thing! ESPN sent him a plaque and all this stuff. It was pretty cool!

Anyway, here’s to hoping we all have a great week! : )

Do you plan your dinners for the week in advance?

– I think I should start doing this… does it work? Do you stick to the schedule?



  1. December 9, 2013 / 10:45 am

    I love to plan my meals. Makes the whole week so much easier. Similar to planning out your runs. I need to up my running game with the half fast approaching!

  2. December 9, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    Do not forget to include some speed workouts in the middle of the week!! Wednesday or Thursday look best for this. It doesn’t have to be super structured early on, just be sure to change paces, and hold the faster paces for at least 1:00 and then give yourself an equal if not time and a half recovery. (So for the 1:00 hard effort, give yourself 1:00 to 1:30 of recovery). This is crucial for teaching your body to clear lactic acid, and thus allowing you to run faster later without bonking.

  3. December 9, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    Go you! Your training will pay off and you will get that PR in Feb! πŸ™‚ It’ll all be worth it.

    Never plan our meals in advance (can’t think more than a day ahead it seems), except for Tuesday night where the school puts on dinner so we generally plan to have that on Tuesdays, nice and easy.


  4. December 9, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    I was just going to do a post on how I need to actually get back to training because my next half is in January. I think I will steal your plan…you should post each week hehe! (You think your trainer will be mad?) I love easy, carefree runs, but structure is so important to staying motivated!