My 1/2 Marathon Training Plan

I am extremely excited to be running the Disney 1/2 marathon this January. We haven’t run a runDisney race since 2013. We are long overdue! We love running runDisney races. They are so much fun. The characters! The music! Running through the parks! There’s nothing like it. This will be the first time we’re running races at Disney World while we’re vacationing with our children. I can’t wait to share in the excitement with them and bring them to watch Jeff running the full marathon. Now I have no pressure about finish time. I’m not looking to break any personal records. What I want to do is finish in a time that will allow us to enjoy the rest of the day. On race day, the kids are running their races later that day and I want to give us enough time to get there. So I want to be well trained and prepared for race day. Which means training!

Training will begin for me on September 22nd. I’ve created a 16 week training program that is based on one of the Running Room training programs for a 2 hour finish. Their programs suggest running 5 times a week but that’s too much for our busy family life so I’m going to try and run 4 times a week. 1 run will be my long slow distance run, 1 will be my hills/speed work, 1 will be my tempo run and the other will be easy mileage. The easy mileage day will be a day I run with our two youngest in our Thule Chariot, likely to a playground and back. The other runs I will have to do in the evenings and on the weekend. Because I don’t have a time goal I’m not going to worry about my pace. I’m going to run by feel. Pushing myself on my tempo runs, hills and speed workouts. Relaxing and running slowly on those long slow distance runs.

Here’s the plan I have put together. I expect I’ll be moving the days around a bit once we settle in to our Fall routine and I know what days are better suited to each of the workouts but the distances will remain the same.



EasyHills/Speed
Tempo
LSD
16Sunday Sept 22ndMonday Sept 23rdTuesday Sept 24thWednesday Sept 25thThursday Sept 26thFriday Sept 27thSaturday Sept 28th


6k3 Tempo
4 Tempo
10 LSD
15Sunday Sept 29thMonday Sept 30thTuesday Oct 1stWednesday Oct 2ndThursday Oct 3rdFriday Oct 4thSaturday Oct 5th


6k3 Tempo
4 Tempo
10 LSD
14Sunday Oct 6thMonday Oct 7thTuesday Oct 8thWednesday Oct 9thThursday Oct 10thFriday Oct 11thSaturday Oct 12th


6k4 Tempo
4 Tempo
12 LSD
13Sunday Oct 13thMonday Oct 14thTuesday Oct 15thWednesday Oct 16thThursday Oct 17thFriday Oct 18thSaturday OCt 19th


6k 4 Tempo
4 Tempo
12 LSD
12Sunday Oct. 20thMonday Oct. 21stTuesday Oct. 22ndWednesday Oct. 23rdThursday Oct. 24thFriday Oct. 25thSaturday Oct. 26th


6k3 Tempo
5 Tempo
10 LSD
11Sunday Oct. 27thMonday Oct. 28thTuesday Oct. 29thWednesday Oct. 30thThursday October 31stFriday Nov. 1stSaturday Nov. 2nd


6k3 Hills
5 Tempo
14 LSD
10Sunday Nov. 3rdMonday Nov. 4thTuesday Nov. 5thWednesday Nov. 6thThursday Nov. 7thFriday Nov. 8thSaturday Nov. 9th


6k 4 Hills
5 Tempo
14 LSD
9Sunday Nov. 10thMonday Nov. 11thTuesday Nov. 12thWednesday Nov. 13rdThursday Nov. 14thFriday Nov. 15thSaturday Nov 16th


6k5 Hills
6 Tempo
10 LSD
8Sunday Nov. 17thMonday Nov. 18thTuesday Nov. 19thWednesday Nov. 20thThursday Nov. 21stFriday Nov. 22ndSaturday November 23rd


6k6 Hills
6 Tempo
16 LSD
7Sunday November 24thMonday November 25thTuesday November 26thWednesday November 27thThursday November 28thFriday November 29thSaturday November 30th


6k7 Hills
6 Tempo
16 LSD
6Sunday Dec. 1stMonday Dec. 2ndTuesday Dec. 3rdWednesday Dec. 4thThursday Dec. 5thFriday Dec. 6thSaturday Dec. 7th


6k8 Hills
6 Tempo
12 LSD
5Sunday Dec. 8thMonday Dec. 9thTuesday Dec 10thWednesday Dec. 11thThursday Dec. 12thFriday Dec. 13thSaturday Dec. 14th


6k9 Hills
6 Tempo
18 LSD
4Sunday Dec. 15thMonday Dec. 16thTuesday Dec. 17thWednesday Dec. 18thThursday Dec. 19thFriday Dec. 20thSaturday Dec. 21st


6k2 x 1.6k
6 Tempo
18 LSD
3Sunday Dec. 22ndMonday Dec. 23rdTuesday Dec. 24thWednesday Dec. 25thThursday Dec. 26thFriday Dec. 27thSaturday Dec. 28th


6k3 x 1.6k
6 Tempo
20 LSD
2Sunday Dec. 29thMonday Dec. 30thTuesday Dec. 31stWednesday Jan. 1stThursday Jan. 2ndFriday Jan. 3rdSaturday Jan. 4th


6K4 x 1.6k
6 Race Pace
6 LSD
1Sunday Jan. 5thMonday Jan. 6thTuesday Jan. 7thWednesday Jan. 8thThursday Jan. 9thFriday Jan. 10thSaturday. Jan. 11th

Arrival DayNon-Park DayHollywood StudiosEpcot
AKRace Day

Stay tuned to hear how my training is going. Happy Planning, Friends.