Half Marathon Training Help!

Had a nice, busy weekend off!

Had the CrossFit total on Friday, lunch with my dad and brother, then Shawn and I drove around looking at houses we were interested in (didn’t go in to see any but did drive bys – and boy, do the listing photos make them look way better than they do in real life!). I may have had this for dinner:

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Saturday I woke up early to head to CrossFit again.  Did this workout:

AMRAP 20min
5 deadlifts
5 hang power cleans
5 front squats
5 push press
5 back squats
All at 70lbs.  I did 4 rounds + the hang cleans.  Could have done more but I hate push presses.  No excuse, I know, but that’s the truth! I suck at upper body work still.

After the workout I headed (well, after showering) to the west end to hang out with some friends of mine from school.  We spent the afternoon browsing stores and pastry shops, then had a little too much wine and pasta at the most awesomest Italian restaurant ever, Sempre.

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Sunday I bought the cutest pair of boots, went to an antique store, had more ice cream, and looked at more houses.  It was a very full weekend!

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Yesterday was the Toronto Goodlife Marathon (and half and 5km).  I was supposed to run the half, but I didn’t have enough time to train once my knee decided to start co-operating.  So yet another race I had to sit out.  This got me thinking, though – I’d really like to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront half marathon in October, so in the next month or so I have to seriously start training for it if I plan to run a halfway decent race.  Last time I trained with the Running Room, but I think this time I would like to follow a different plan and train on my own.  But this is where I’m stuck – I’m not too sure what training plan to follow.  Some of them are so similar, and yet others are so different.  I want to run 3-4 days a week, with speed work involved.  I’m going to keep searching, but in the meantime if anyone has any favourite training plans they want to share, that would be great!

What are your favourite half marathon training plans? And what is your next big race??

5 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training Help!

  1. For my first three half marathons, I used the Hal Higdon beginner training plan and it worked well for me. This time, I am using a mix of the Hal Higdon intermediate plan and another plan that I found online. I am running 3 days a week, going to crossfit 3 days a week and one day of rest. One of the three days each week involves some type of speed training too. If you want to see it, I can send it to you :)

  2. I am running my first half next Sunday. I have been following a plan devised for me, for the past 18 weeks and have been running 3 X per week.

  3. Hey Carly! I used to manage a Running Room, and have taught several Half-Marathon clinics. I have developed my own training schedule, which is a modified version of the RR’s program. I have also been looking at the Scotiabank Toronto Half-Marathon (as I haven’t run one since 2008 and before that was doing a min, of 4 a year…) so we could motivate each other together! Also…I might have a free registration for you…send me an email and we can chat!

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