And so it begins….

This week marks the start of my Half Marathon Training! Technically, my training plan is 12 weeks (which means I don’t necessarily need to start it until July 18) but I have a lot going on this summer and I would rather be over prepared than under prepared! I am going to run the Denver Rock & Roll Half Marathon on October 9. I based my training plan off of Hal Higden’s novice training plan. I am also lucky to know an experienced racer that I can ask for guidance and feedback from! I am so excited and nervous at the thought of running a 13.1 mile race. I have never been a serious runner, but I believe in myself and how far I have come and I know that my body and mind are strong enough to do this!

My personal 12 week Half Marathon training plan: Half Marathon Training Plan.

I am happy to say that I have completed the workouts scheduled for all three days so far! I know that one day was a rest day and 2 and 3 miles aren’t very long distances, but I believe in celebrating successes, no matter how small!! I am also very excited to say that I am faster than I thought. I prefer to run outside when I can (winters in Colorado are long when you have to work out on a treadmill 😦 ) but I have no concept of distance or pace, so I recently purchased a Garmin Forerunner 305 to help me with my training. Yesterday I finished my first mile in 8:34 and the second in 10:00 flat.

This morning’s run looked like this:

I am quite proud of that time! Being my first race ever, my only real goal for the half marathon is to finish.  However, in the back of my mind I know I would like to keep it under 2.5 hours, which is a very doable time. I am glad that I won’t have to work as hard on speed as I had feared, but I know my biggest goal will be endurance. I plan to stick to the training schedule and really step up my interval sprints to help increase my cardiovascular endurance. Let the training begin!!

After my run, I downed this beautiful green smoothie (romaine, spinach, parsley, cucumber, celery, green apple, and lemon juice).

For breakfast I enjoyed some of Happy Herbivore’s Blueberry Breakfast Cake with some fresh strawberries and a homemade iced latte (that’s my kind of breakfast!!).

I also recently baked some Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins (also courtesy of Happy Herbivore) which are phenomenal! They are whole grain, very low fat, and they have a vegetable snuck inside. I ate one three and then brought the rest to work; my coworkers have been enjoying them all day without realizing how healthy they are!!

Tomorrow is a cross training day which will consist of bootcamp (we are doing a great routine this week using resistance bands) and another 3 mile run. I can already tell I am going to need a lot of quality rest in the months to come. I will post our Bootcamp routine later in the week.

Time to go see if there are any muffins left, I’m hungry!!

My best,



13 thoughts on “And so it begins….

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  2. This schedule is very similar (almost identical in fact) to the one jus and i were using last year… he is for sure going to do one this year… im not as motivated to do one this year though…

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