Where to begin: Training Plans


Tuesday- 5 miles, 1 mile warm up, 3 miles faster (9:40 pace), 1 mile cool down (10:00 pace) + 15 minute shoulder workout

My run this mid morning was entertained by watching Catfish, a silly but entertaining, TV show. I was dying of thirst throughout the end of the run. I made sure to hydrate!


I had one diaper change break from this cute little guy =)


And ended with a nice 15 minute shoulder workout.


How to choose the right training plan for a specific race

I’m no expert, but I thought I’d share with you how I chose my half marathon training plan. For Christmas of 2011, the hubs got me a Nike plus sportband. The old version of the sports band came with all kinds of running training plans that you could download to your account and get advice from a coach. The new version, however no longer has this feature(that I’m aware of). I chose a plan that seemed comfortable for me and also allowed me to work on speed. I don’t have the exact plan I used since the old version of the Nike plus is no longer available, but here is one that is very similar. I also ignored the workout after the runs and just kept to the strength training on off days.


I had already been running a bit (15 miles a week or so) and this plan worked for me. I felt ready on the day of the race and still use the Nike Training Club app. (see above workout;)) I liked that I had several days of rest. I even switched the plan around so that my rest day was Sunday and it worked out great.

If your new to running I would suggest Hal Higdon’s plan. My sister in-law Whitney trained with this plan for the same race I was training with the Nike plan. We both felt ready and ran together the whole race.

Utah Valley Half Marathon

I’ve also heard great things about the couch to 5k (scroll to the bottom of the article) training plan, so if you’re really new to running I would suggest that plan.

Happy running! I’m trying to figure out my race schedule for the year, so stay tuned=)

What training plan d0/did you use?

Are you training for a race right now?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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2 Responses to Where to begin: Training Plans

  1. Amy says:

    It seems like all the half/full marathon trainings are assuming you can run 3 miles comfortably already. The couch to 5k is a good start to get to that 3 miles I think. I hope to do that after I have this baby!

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