Total bucket list thing right here, yall. You might think I’m crazy, and a few years ago I would have agreed with you, but I am so excited to be training for my first half-marathon. If you follow me on Instagram + Insta stories you see my runs here and there. I want to share my training schedule with yall for the Galveston Half Marathon .
I never considered myself a runner until a few years ago (I think I’ve told this story before, but here it is again). After two years of living in the sorority house in college and having access to amazing food I realized my clothes weren’t fitting quite like they should. I was not okay with that so I set out to get back to my regular weight the best way I knew how, running. Not to mention I was studying nutrition and interning at a fitness and weight loss institute. I’ve always been able to run a mile without stopping (high school timed miles when we lost a volleyball game, ugh), but I never ran much more than that. I started increasing my distance slowly over time and before I knew it I was running 3 miles nonstop!
Running is so much more than a way to maintain weight and fitness though. For me it is the ultimate way to press the reset button. I take that time to pray, brainstorm for the blog, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and jam out to my favorite songs.
Half Marathon Training Plan
Before I started training I did a little research on Pinterest and other blogs for a running schedule I liked best. I ended up going with Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Guide – Novice 1 program thanks to this blog post by Lauren Kay Sims. If you need some running inspo I highly suggest giving her a follow. She’s a badass and just completed the BMW Dallas Marathon. Yeah, a full marathon.
I have a printed version of the training schedule posted on my fridge. I wrote the date for each day of the schedule so I’m sure to stay on track, and I check off each day as I complete them. There is something so satisfying about marking that little check on there each day!
Milton ran a half marathon about two years ago. Before the race started I payed close attention to the most common running shoe, and they were Brooks. I had never heard of Brooks before but I recognized the logo. I decided to try a pair out, and that is all I have been running in since. My favorite style is the Brooks Launch 4. I’m currently trying the Brooks Anthem. They’re a slimmer shoe that are a little lighter in weight.
What I Eat
Most of the time I do my run early in the day. Ok, by early I mean 9:00 or 10:00. I do my run before noon. My pre-workout meal is a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on a small croissant, and a cup of coffee. I do not take any kind of protein supplement. My workouts are not hard enough to need more protein than what I consume in my regular diet. I am considering trying an energy powder, but right now coffee does a pretty good job!
I’m only on week three of my training program, and so far so good. Expect another training update closer to race time!
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