Half Marathon Training Time

This has officially marked my first week in half marathon training for the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon on November 2, 2013.

Monumental Half Marathon Training Plan

This time, I really wanted to set a new goal for myself.

I have completed the half marathon race distance four times before, I have completed it in under two hours, and now I am ready for a new challenge.  This time, I really wanted to focus on my speed with the hopes of completing the race in 1:45:00.  I realize that this is shaving a HUGE chunk of time off of my current 1:56:20 best race pace…but I still want to aim for it.  If not with this race, then the next!

A couple of weeks ago, I had my VO2 Max test done to help figure out how hard I can train.  I’ll be posting a more detailed recap of this and how it has helped with my training experience on the NIFS blog in the near future so I don’t want to go into too much detail now.

Just know that I used this test to help figure out my training plan this time around.

vo2 max 2

My workout routine has had to change slightly, which will take some getting used to.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed my routine of Thursday morning Bodypump, subbing that workout with a run and adding a few more runs in throughout the week will be a change that my body welcomes.  I love switching up my workouts every so often so I don’t “get used” to doing anything 🙂

run 2

Wish me luck on my training, and I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress!

Half Marathon Training Resources:

Question of the Day:

  • How do you normally increase your speed while training for a race?


  1. Sounds like a great plan! (from what my running newbie self knows) Yoga has been so great post-runs!

  2. Yay good luck! Can’t wait to follow along.

  3. Awesome! Good luck – that’s my next half marathon goal too. When I want to focus on speed I normally run on a treadmill so I can really control my splits. Repeat miles are good and I try to do negative split workouts every now and then!

  4. Looks like a great plan! Can’t wait to see how it goes- good luck!


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