half marathon training: day 1

I just wrote an entire blog entry for today and somehow, some way, before I hit publish, WordPress deleted it! Without saving a draft! Major epic fail WordPress. Just wanted to get that frustration out. And now I’m going to use it to prove a point. When I realized my entire entry for the day was no where to be found, I wanted to turn off my computer and walk away. Screw it. I’m not writing that again. Forget this. I’ll do it tomorrow. BUT, I decided not to let the immediate obstacle in my environment control me and I decided to prevail. I decided not to give up. I decided to pick up my keyboard from the corner of the room from whence I’d thrown it, and write again. Because that is what training is all about. Not giving up. 

The philosophical correlation between what just happened on my computer and beginning to train for a half marathon may have been stretch, but humor me people. I have to make some lemonade from these lemons or I’m just going to keep throwing my keyboard against the wall. Go with it.

What I wrote before WordPress sabotaged me was that… it’s the first day of Disneyland Half Marathon training! Hurray! It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. If you still have an inkling of uncertainty as to whether you are going to go through with training to run 13.1 miles or 3.1 miles, depending on whether you’re running the half marathon or the 5K, decide now. Commit. The time to question and deliberate is over. If you’re still wondering whether or not you’ll be able to do it, you will. You can. You just need to jump in. Stop thinking about it too much. Stop it! Join the brigade and… just do it.

If you need more of a nudge, allow me. Here’s the number one reason to begin training with me today: it’s fun. With each ounce of anxiety about whether you can complete the steps along the way comes double the elation when you actually do. You will start to look forward to the time carved out for yourself to run. You will count down the days until you get to prove to yourself that you can do pretty much anything. And, let’s get serious, probably even more than that you’ll count down the days that you get to go to DISNEYLAND! The countdown begins today. 67 days until race day. Here’s today’s schedule:

Half Marathon: 3 miles. However long it takes you doesn’t matter. Just get a 3 mile run or run/walk in.

I’m going to put those of you training for the Family Fun Run on the Couch-to-5K® schedule. This is a streamlined and fantastic program for beginning runners. You can read all of the details of this great running program on its official website, right here. They also have a running app to accompany the schedule, so make sure you download that. It’s available for both iOS and Android. Beware, there are many Couch-to-5K® impersonators. The real one is made by a company called Cool Running and is distributed through Active.com.

Here is the day 1 workout for those on the 5K training plan:

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

I subscribe to Jeff Galloway’s philosophy regarding stretching. Don’t do it. Sounds crazy, I know, but I do believe what he says it’s true. Stretching immediately before or after you run puts your muscles and joints at a higher risk for injury. Better to warm up with a few minutes of jumping jacks. Get your muscles warm. Don’t overextend them. If you do decide to stretch, do it on your rest days, and take it easy.

Some other thought:

1) Need more motivation to go through with it? Read this

2) Need to be reminded of the training schedule? Read this

3) Decided previously that you couldn’t do it so you didn’t sign up, but now think you might have it in you? Try this

Now get running!

Would love your feedback in the comments below. Are you excited/anxious/eager to begin training? Have you ever run a race before? Any advice for newbies that you’d like to share?


  1. So, I am totally digging this training schedule. While I’m not about to do a marathon/half marathon out here in Milan, I really do need to start getting back in form seeing as time/numbers for soccer here is/are limited and this seems like a good place to start, so thanks for the tip on the app!!!

    Although a disney fun run sounds pretty bomb. Ugh I miss DL.

  2. Good luck with your training schedule! i am going to be running the full at Disney in January!!! Super excited. Look forward to reading more about your training!

    1. How awesome! I’m really tempted to run the WDW Marathon one of these days. I love your blog! Looking forward to following your journey as well.

  3. Great advice regarding facing obstacles!
    One suggestion…not for runners, but for bloggers…
    Write in word first, then copy and paste to you blog. This can save many potentially smashed keyboards!

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