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Ok, who’s with me! One year ago I ran my first half. I signed up for training with a group on a whim. I didn’t know what I was thinking (still couldn’t answer that today). One year later I have completed two half marathons and numerous 5 and 10Ks along the way. I managed to suck my husband into this as well. He has one half done and he keeps on racking up PRs with each event! We have run in Washington, Idaho, Kansas, Vancouver BC, Louisiana and today I will begin training in Arizona. My husband will have to run in New York because he is at a three day conference, we will run together later in the week when he gets back to Arizona.

There are many different training plans out there, we happen to like the 16 week schedules. It give us plenty of time to adjust to the longer runs at a pace we appreciate. My first training schedule was a 12 week plan and I found that to be too fast for my old bones to acclimate. I have even seen 6 week plans! OUCH! Our first half will be the Rock ‘n Roll Seattle event on June 18th. Counting back 16 weeks, and allowing for a taper week, puts us at NOW to start!

March 2017 Half Marathon Training Schedule
This is a blank and printable March Calendar. Courtesy of WinCalendar.com

◄ February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 ►
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Feb 26

Week 1

  Feb 28

4 miles

1

 

2

3 miles

3

 

4

5 miles

5  week 2

 

6

 

7

3 miles

8

 

9

3 miles

10

 

11

5 miles

12 week 3

 

13

 

14

4 miles

15

 

16

4 miles

17

 

18

6 miles

19 week 4

 

20

 

21

4 miles

22

 

23

4 miles

24

 

25

6 miles

26 week 5

 

27

 

28

5miles

29

 

30

5miles

31

 

 

We like the T, Th, Sat schedule because it leaves us plenty of time to recover and mix in some rock climbing and yoga in between runs. No doubt we will have to modify this as time goes on to accommodate travel and sore muscles, but we try to stick as close as possible to this schedule. I hope to update each week, after the long runs, to track our progress.

Anyone care to join in! There is strength in numbers! See, I am still smiling!

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