Half Mary Training Plan

Happy Wednesday!

In my last post, I announced that my sister-in-law, Kenna, and I are training for a half marathon in order to get ourselves back into decent shape.

The half mary?

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I’ve never done the Barry Half before, so I’m excited to run a new (to me) course!

The most I’ve done in months has been 3 miles at a time for Atlanta Running Tours.

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Even then, I would only run once or twice a week…if that.

Kenna and I decided that we needed to keep each other accountable, so we’re using an awesome Google Doc to do just that.

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I came up with a plan for us that doesn’t have crazy high mileage with no more than 4 days of running per week. Below the suggested mileage, there are sections where we can each input our actual mileage.

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Plus, we text each other when we ran.


It’s been working great for both of us! It’s been really motivating to me knowing that Kenna’s out there working hard too. I know I can’t let her down.

Are you running any late winter/spring races this year? Do you usually train alone or with a group?

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12 Responses to Half Mary Training Plan

  1. Lee says:

    I’ve only ever trained alone or with one other person, my friend Joan. When she and I trained together, we’d do our long runs together but not really anything else.

  2. My husband graduated from Berry! I meant to do a 5k there last year so he could visit but it never happened. Good luck with the half, hope you love the campus!

  3. I train alone, and during this time of year, it’s always on the treadmill (Northeast Ohio is chilly!).
    I will be signing up for a 10-miler that is in April, then my 1st half marathon of the year is in May.

  4. Megan says:

    I usually train alone – it’s harder, certainly, but I can do as I please and not rely on others. Or get disappointed when I feel like others hold me back.

    I wanted to do Berry but I’m doing Publix in Atlanta now. Wishing you all the best with training!

  5. I love using google docs to track my exercise!! My friends and I do the same thing and it is so motivating to see that someone else did something that day.

  6. Accountability partners for training are SOOOO helpful. Kirk and I really play that role for each other right now, since we’re coaching ourselves together and training for the same races. I miss running groups I had in Atlanta, I should probably find one here, but it’s hard with my crazy schedule to find one that trains when I need to. :) We are going to test out a tri club meeting next month, so I’m crossing my fingers!

  7. While some runners can get away with not eating at all before a run of any distance, you’ll run stronger if you eat something before. Ideally, you want to try to eat something at least 90 minutes before running , so you have time to digest your food, you’re fueled for your run, and you’re not starving during your run. But that obviously doesn’t work for everyone, especially morning runners. If you run in the morning and your run is for under an hour, you can get away with not eating before. But you still need to make sure you’re hydrated before you start running. Drink at least 6-8 ounces of water when you first wake up. You could drink a sports drink before your run so you know you’re at least getting some calories. If you’re running longer than an hour or doing an intense speed workout, and you’re running in the morning, it’s best to force yourself to wake an hour and a half early or more for a small meal. Eating a 300-500 calorie breakfast of mostly carbs will ensure you’re not running on fumes. Some examples of good pre-workout fuel include: a banana and an energy bar; a bagel with peanut butter; or a bowl of cold cereal with a cup of milk. If you’re eating less than an hour before your run, aim for a light, 200-300 calorie snack such as toast with peanut butter or a cup of yogurt. If you’re running long and you really don’t have time or your stomach gets upset if you eat before running, try eating something small, such as an energy gel , about 30 minutes into your run.

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