8 Week Half Marathon Training Schedule

Here I am again.  I signed up for my second half marathon back in March, right after I did my first half marathon.  I don’t know if I was crazy or smart.

I guess it is a good thing I went ahead and signed up early because if I had left the sign up until recently, I can’t say I would have signed up.  So…I guess that makes me smart that I signed up before I could change my mind?!?

Either way, I am signed up for and have paid to run a half marathon on October 27.  I will be running the Silver Comet Trail half marathon in Atlanta.

Don't Fall Out - Silver Comet Trail Half Marathon

I decided to sign up for this one with my hubby (his first), my brother (his first) and my brother’s friend (his first!).  I am still unclear if they will follow through and do this with me.  In any case, we have all paid and I know one thing for sure – I am doing it!

I guess I better start training!  I will be using the same half marathon training plan as I did before.  Here it is updated for this race:

View my 8 Week Half Marathon Training Schedule

I started training last week (a little behind) and I did great!  I really enjoyed my workouts this last weekend, too.  The 7 miles on Sunday actually turned into over 7.  How often does that happen?!?

All I know is that it feel great to be back on a training schedule.  There is something about the accountability of having it written down.  I am more likely to stick with my training with a schedule!

I hope you will join me in training for a race this fall.  If you are new to running, check out my post on how to start running.

Are you planning to run a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or full marathon this fall?


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  • http://dawnsdiversions.blogspot.com dawnsdiversions

    I’m am training for my first half! We are in week 6 of training right now. The race is November 18. I’ve never even race a race of ANY KIND YET. LOL! Call me crazy! We trained based on Jeff Galloway’s methods. I’m loving it. We run at 5:30am on MWF. Good luck with your training and race!

  • http://www.facebook.com/deanna.kieliszek Deanna Kieliszek

    I’m am training for my first 1/2 for next feb. I am nervous and just ran my first 5k slow but finished.

  • Dean

    Running has become a big part of who I am even though I started just as a means of losing weight. When I run a long race I think “why am i doing this?”. Then when I get back home I start looking for the next race to do.

  • http://twitter.com/Alicia_Orozco NeverEverBeenSkinny

    I am not a runner…for some reason it hurts my left shoulder, the doc’s haven’t seem to find out why. But I have always wanted to do a 5K so I am slowly getting up there. More of a jog though. Good luck with your marathon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17303318 Danielle Reed

    Just trained for, ran, and completed my first half – can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am to say I did that (especially when last year at this time, I was barely able to run two continuous miles). Planning on a 10k at my alma mater’s homecoming and another 10k at Thanksgiving… and I’m thinking I just might challenge myself next year to another half… totally got addicted to the running… Things I learned from this half: taking two ibuprofen pre-run really helped me out, strength training throughout is a must (learned this too late, def need to fix this one – increasing my body’s overall strength will definitely help with posture and pain issues that I had this time), and I’m a social butterfly so it was SO great having training buddies (we didn’t end up running the half together, but it helped me stay accountable to make sure I actually did my training) :-)
    Best of luck to all, and just keep running, just keep running, just keep running running running… :-)

  • Paige Quigley

    Congrats on siging up again!!! Half marathons are hard and sometimes I think its just the part of signing up to be the hardest. I mean once you sign up you are kinda stuck right! I have been running half marathons for a while now and want to help you with your journey!!! I know the fueling of your body the day of and on long run days can be hard. I always eat a Fullbar before one of my runs because it sits well in my stomach and helps give me the energy to keep going!! Best of luck to you on your half!!!

  • http://kenjibankhead.posterous.com/ ashtromanius

    So I have a question about your schedule. On your Tuesday runs you have your AI… So it says something like 3 miles (2:00,4:00) AI, 3 miles

    So are you running 6 miles all together? What do you mean after the comma on Tuesday run?

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      3 miles total. 2 minute then 4 minute intervals for a total of 3 miles. The comma is just before the total (some days you don’t do intervals for the whole mileage). Does that make sense?

      • http://kenjibankhead.posterous.com/ ashtromanius

        No. Bare with me… I’m kinda slow ;) September 24-30 says: 3 miles w/ 3x (2:00, 2:30) AI, 2 miles

        I think that’s saying you repeat a 2 and 2.5 AI 3 times over 3 miles but what is 2 miles after the comma all about?

        • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

          Okay…what I thought was the total for how far to run AI, is not so I fixed it. Check out the new document and let me know if it doesn’t make sense. Sorry for the confusion! I am glad you asked so I could fix it!

          • http://kenjibankhead.posterous.com/ ashtromanius

            Ahhhh… Gotcha! Thanks :) I suddenly decided to run a half marathon and it is 8 weeks away so your site came up when I googled 8 wk training schedule. Glad we could help each other out :) good luck with your health and fitness endeavors!

          • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

            Oh perfect! I followed the 8 week program with both my half marathons and I was more than ready for them! You will do great! Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  • deannahurn

    The first week you did 3miles did you walk ? I know the others say jog explicitly but the first few days don’t…. Also can you clarify the AI and GP techniques ( also the notations I.e 2:00,2:30 1x) . Looks like a great plan!

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      I tried to do intervals as much as possible. Walk a minute, jog a minute, walk a minute, jog a minute. The AI is Aerobic Intervals with sprints during your runs and the GP are Gentle Pushes which is after the run is over. The notations are 2:00 of walking or jogging and then 2 and a half minutes of running or sprinting. Depending on your level.