Half Marathon Game Plan

The final run of my half marathon training plan is D-O-N-E!


5 Mile Stats

I must say it feels so good to be completely finished with training.

I am not a naturally good runner. I don’t just fall into a comfortable stride immediately and breathe effortlessly as I run. Running, for me, is work. Though it is tough for me, I do enjoy the way my body feels after a good run and the clarity of my thoughts during a run. (You may read my running story here.)

That being said, it sure will be nice not to feel like I have to run on certain days after this race on Sunday!

I like working out in the morning, but I also like doing what I want to do to get my heart rate up. Without a half marathon looming over my head, I’ll feel much more free to take a spinning class, swim or complete a challenging interval workout.

Clearly I’ve missed the variety in my cardio workouts! Variety, after all, is the spice of life! 😀

Half Marathon Game Plan

As I was running this morning, I started to think about my game plan for Sunday’s race.

Initially my training plan had me completing a 12 mile run last Saturday, but since my training was derailed for a couple of weeks due to some serious pain in my heel, my long run only ended up being 10 miles. I actually felt pretty wiped out after the 10 mile run, so I am going to be sure to listen to my body during the half and take breaks when I need to.

Though I was never planning to run for time, I did have a little goal in the back of my head to run the entire race without stopping like I did during my first (and only) half marathon back in 2007.

Well, I’m officially scratching that goal. I am going to embrace breaks if I need them. In fact, I am planning to stop at the five and 10 mile mark for at least a full minute to refuel and stretch.

My new goal is to seriously enjoy the race. I will be running it with four of my girlfriends and want to have a great time before, during and after the race.

Of course I will put forth serious effort to get to the finish line because I can’t just breeze through 13.1 miles, but I am excited to run a race for fun and not worry about anything other than enjoying the race and the people I’m running it with.

And that, my friends, is my new game plan. 😀

I really wrote all of the above content to sort through my own thoughts, so I apologize for those of you who are drooling and falling asleep at your computer screens now. How about we move swiftly into breakfast to tantalize your senses and bring you back to life?


Why is peanut butter so good? I mean seriously. Why?

Why can’t broccoli taste like peanut butter so I could eat buckets and buckets of it every day?

Obviously peanut butter made a stellar appearance in my breakfast this morning in the form of a peanut butter and peach sandwich.

PB + Nutmeg

After spreading a copious amount of peanut butter onto half of a whole wheat sandwich thin (and eating a peanut butter finger in the process), I placed peach slices on the other half and dusted the sandwich with nutmeg for a little extra flava-flav.

Life's a Peach

The Goods

It's Not Okay to Look That Delicious

I was still a little hungry after this sandwich (running will do that to ya!), so I also enjoyed a creamy cup of Chobani plain Greek yogurt with a squirt of honey.


Breakfast is easily my favorite meal of the day!

Questions of the Day

  • Are you a competitive person? Were you competitive growing up?
  • If you’re a runner, do you run races for time or run them for fun… or a mix of the two?


  1. Julie says

    Good Luck @ the race! I’m amazed that you are able to keep up your training schedule in the oppressing FL humidity (I’m in Tampa, and a pretty worthless runner in the summer!) I’m pretty competitive vs other people in most sports, but running is all about competing with myself – I run a 5K or two most months of the year & always push for a PR.


  2. angierunner says

    I think I am pretty competitive person. I like to try and get PR’s everytime I do a marathon. I really don’t care about times for other races, but I try to come in 1st or 2nd in my age group.


  3. says

    Growing up I started dancing when I was 3 years old. I always enjoyed it, but got really competitive when I went to an all arts high school. Now that I am 25 and no longer dancing(on a regular basis) I find myself being competitive in the gym and my yoga classes. I guess that trait never really goes away?!


  4. says

    I am an extremely competitive person, which is one of the reasons I stay away from races! I think it would be too hard unless I was setting some sort of personal record each time. But hey, it is something I’m working on!


  5. says

    Yay! Good luck on your race, I’m so excited for you!! I’ve been running for 7 years and finally did my first race (Disney Princess half in March) and it was ah-mazing. I also ran with friends and didn’t set a goal other than to a. have fun, b. finish and it was the best! I hurt my knee after the race but can’t wait to get back out there and run another one! Good luck!!!!!


  6. justjac says

    Congrats on being “done” with training, that’s an amzaing accomplisment–now you just have to run the race!

    Have an amazing bachelorette weekend, I’m sure you will!


  7. Erica says

    I think you will be just fine after your training…I ran a marathon in May, and my longest run was 16 miles (oops, not planned that way). One of my true beliefs about running (and fitness in general) is that your body can always push itself farther than you think. I’m not about to go out and run 100 miles or anything crazy like that, but it helps me not stress pre-race about not being able to make it. That being said, your game plan sounds just perfect – ENJOY! I’ve been looking at my own running lately much more thankfully, so that helps me enjoy each and every workout better. Have fun and good luck! 😉


  8. silvershadow157 says

    I’m a very competitive person with other people and with myself, always have been and probably always will. I’m just starting to run races so at least for now they are for fun, maybe eventually I’ll start running them more seriously.


  9. Kristin says

    That sounds like a great plan! Good luck! I’m running the same race on Sunday! I ran the Chicago Marathon in the fall and the support here is AWESOME. The crowd totally gives you an extra push—much needed during the middle miles :). I hope that everything turns out GREAT and that you have an awesome Bachelorette party!


  10. says

    I am super competitive (mostly with myself) when I run races. Since I am in the middle of marathon training right now I just started running races for fun too!


  11. Caroline says

    My mental game is terrible these days when it comes to running! I’m not naturally a runner either, but I’m slowly getting back into after burning out from two back to back half marathons in March. Can I just say how amazing it is that this is your bachelorette weekend?! I didn’t even get a bachelorette party, much less have friend willing to train and run that kind of distance with me! Yeah, I may be a tad jealous 🙂


  12. Linda says

    I love that you are able to change your plans! And thank you for sharing that with us. Being flexible is an important part of any exercise plan!


  13. Alyssa says

    Man… isn’t that the million dollar question? When I do halves (halfs?), I’m always so tempted to run to my full potential. However, I sign up with my friends, so I always decide I’ll enjoy my time running so much more if I run with my buddies.

    PLUS, that way, I can rope in my competitive nature I’ve alllways had! 😉

    Sidenote – breakfast is allllways the best meal of the day!



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