it’s the most wonderful time of the year… it’s training time!!

It’s getting to be my favorite time of year. The sun is getting hot, the ocean is getting warm just above freezing, the camping gear is coming out of storage, it’s almost my birthday, and most importantly… official training for the Disneyland Half Marathon is about to begin! I love training. Not only does it get me in great shape and push me to achieve new goals, but it acts as a physical countdown to one of the best events on the yearly calendar, Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. This marks the third year Brad and I will participate in this event and it’s going to be the best yet. I’ve got my mom and Dennis signed up for the 5K, AND my brother will be there to cheer us on! I’ve promised myself two things: that I’ll cut at least 15 minutes off of my total time, and that I’ll help train anyone who needs guidance via this blog. So here we go! Let the training begin!

First of all,  a few quick thoughts about my philosophy on training for a race.

1) I am not a certified trainer. Any advice, guidance or plans that I offer are based solely on my own personal experience with running. You should definitely consult with a certified trainer or physician if you have concerns about how running may affect your health.

2) I love Jeff Galloway. I subscribe to many philosophies of his. I, however, do not personally practice the Run-Walk-Run method. I think it’s a brilliant method that works for a lot of people, but it’s just not for me. At least, not at this point in my running life. If you think the Run-Walk-Run method would be more right for you, you can learn more about it here. It’s really changed my Mom’s life, if you ask me. She was not a runner before at all, then she started the Jeff Galloway program and now she’s finishing 6 miles and more! So proud of her! So if you want to Run-Walk-Run, get a schedule from Jeff, and then head back here to Running to Tahiti for lots of other training tips 🙂

3) Have fun. Running should never be a punishment. It should be hard. It should be challenging, it should push you to your max, but not punish you. You should feel great about yourself after every training run. Some days you will feel wiped out, but still incredibly accomplished. If you don’t, you might be pushing yourself too hard or doing something that is negatively affecting your performance. Don’t do that! If you find that to be the case as you are training, contact me. Get to know the difference between good pain and bad pain. Let me know what’s causing you difficulty and we’ll try and figure out how to get you back on the path of enjoying yourself.

Those are the main bullet points I wanted to hit before we all begin training. Aren’t you excited??? Brad and I DEFINITELY are…

Today I’m going to get started on the Half Marathon Training. Next week I’ll talk about training for the Family Fun Run 5k. 

Here’s the skinny of what our training schedule will look like for all you half marathon runners out there. I employ a 10 week training plan. I think anything longer than that is too long. You’ll get burnt out by the time you get to the race. That being said, you should not go from having never run 1 mile to starting the 10 week training schedule. No no no no. You should be able to run a solid 3 miles without, as I like to say, feeling like you’re going to die. This is very important. It’s okay if you’re winded and tired, but your recovery time should only be about 1 minute. If it’s taking 5-10 minutes to recover from a 3 mile run, you need to keep hitting the treadmill until you bring up that endurance before we begin training. Got it? Any questions? Moving on.

Official training begins on Monday, June 25th. Here is the calendar from that point on:

10-Week Half Marathon Training Schedule
Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Total
1 3 Rest 3 3 Rest 4 Rest 13
2 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 5 Rest 15
3 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 6 Rest 16
4 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 8 Rest 19
5 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 10 Rest 21
6 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 11 Rest 24
7 4 Rest 6 4 Rest 12 Rest 26
8 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 9 Rest 22
9 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 8 Rest 18
10 3 Rest 3 Walk 2 Rest 13.1


Rest 21.1

I’ve used this schedule for the past two years and I love it. It’s really worked for me. I’ve finished 2 half marathons using this training schedule and you know what they say, if it ain’t broke… so I’m going to be using it again this year. Print it out, bookmark this page, enter it into your phone, tape it to your forehead, whatever you need to do. You’ll need to keep track of this schedule. I’ll post what we should be running on a daily basis, but make sure you have your own copy of this calendar in a place you’ll look at it all the time. It will remind you of what you’ve challenged yourself to do. It will motivate you. It will excite you. It’s like a Christmas countdown Advent calendar, minus the chocolate. And to give credit where credit is due, I did not invent this schedule. I found it on this running website and I love it.

As you can see we start the first week off with easy 3s, and finish on Saturday with a 4.  So take heed to what I said earlier. Make sure you can run an easy breezy 3 miles before we begin officially training. It will really propel you into the process. If you start from a place where 3 miles is a huge challenge, the entire training block is going to feel like a brutal uphill battle. If you listen to what I say and get 3 relatively painless miles under your belt before June 25th, you will be propelled into the 10 weeks of training like a slingshot. It really makes a difference.

That’s all for today friends! Please let me know your thoughts. Do you have any questions? Are you excited to start training???


  1. I am sooooo excited for the Disneyland half! My first time to Disneyland ever, and my second Disney race (I did the Disney Marathon in January!)

    I, too, am impressed at how many people have become runners thanks to Jeff Galloway, but do not follow his run/walk methods. My training plan looks pretty similar to yours, although, I am training with a Chicago Half Marathon group that is a week behind Disneyland (I’m stupidly running both!)

    Looking forward to more of your Disneyland posts to help get me even more psyched for the race!

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