Around this time last year I decided to train for my first ever half marathon. Since this is my one year anniversary of that decision I thought it would be fun to share with you how I went from 0 to 13.1 miles in about 5 months.
For me, the first four weeks of training were really just about getting my legs and body used to running 4-5 days a week. I wanted to take it very slow in the beginning and really just get used to the idea of waking up every morning to run. I stuck with running 2-3 miles every time I ran. This was a good distance for me to get into the swing of things.
The next four weeks I started to focus on building up my runs. By this time I was consistently running 5 days a week and wanted to focus on gradually increasing my mileage. I stuck with running 2-3 miles on week days while increasing to a longer run on Saturdays. My goal was to get up to 5 miles by the end of the month, which I was able to accomplish!
The next three months is what I officially called my training schedule. This is where I really focused on every single training leading up to the half marathon. I’m not going to lie and say I followed this training schedule 100% to a T, but I actually did follow it pretty closely.
Looking back, I definitely wished I did more strength training. I probably only did it about 4-5 times total. I have since learned how important strength training is for running. Another thing I didn’t fully stick to was cross training. I have a hard time doing anything but running. I find other forms of cardio boring and uninteresting, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t think cross training is extremely important for your training. Now, I always try to incorporate 1-2 days a week of cross training.
**Disclaimer- I am not a personal trainer or running coach. I have had no professional training on running or any type of fitness exercise . This is my personal experience on how I trained for a half marathon. Always be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program**