Half Marathon Running Plan

The last six months or so have been crazy – like really, really crazy. I’ve completely fallen out of working out consistently, or at all really.

My dad and I wanted to challenge ourselves to get back into running shape, so we signed up for the Frisco Half Marathon, which will be held on April 13, 2019. This gives me about 12 weeks to go from no running to 13.1 miles… great!

Since I have enough time to follow a plan, I decided to map out how I will get into running shape. This is my first time following a plan even though this is probably my fifth half marathon. (Wow, I didn’t realize that and it makes me pretty proud.)

I am starting Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 program next week. I have heard his programs are the best you can find, and I also know his grandson from UT (so I have to use his plan, right?) The only alterations I am making are to the days of the week, so I can have a rest day on Sundays. I will link my program here in case anyone else wants to use it.

If this plan and race go well, I may train for the BMW Dallas Marathon in December of this year… But I say let’s get this run out of the way before jumping to a full!


Here are a few links to interesting or inspiring stories about running:

The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon
(You may have seen the photos of her getting shoved out of the race by a herd of men. Upon first look, I saw the same thing, but upon closer look there is an official pushing her and a man trying to push the official off of her.)
Be sure to read about her Triumphant Return 50 Years Later

The Story Behind the 1970’s Runner’s World Covers


And with that, I bid y’all ado. I am heading out to start my grueling path to consistent running again. If I can recommend anything to someone just starting to run, it would be: Run-Walk-Run, podcasts, and consistency. These steps very quickly take you from pain and disappointment to endorphins and peace of mind. Running is fantastic for body, mind, and soul.

The hardest step for a runner is the first one out of the front door.

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When in Rome

You know those stories you hear from travelers that you just can’t believe? The ones that sound like they came straight out of a movie?…

Where strangers open their doors and their hearts, where you let down your guard, embrace the unknown, try amazing foods, and drink wine with the people who became like family in a matter of days… I have the best news – those moments exist!

I’ve traveled all around Europe, but I never experienced this feeling until I went to Rome. Italy is everything they say it is; all the stereotypes are true. The mopeds zipping between the cars, the abundant pastas, sandwiches, and gelato, and the Italians yelling at one another in their unmistakable Italiano voices. It was everything I had hoped for, if not more.