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Training For My First Half Marathon

Updated: May 16, 2019

How do you even begin training for a half marathon - especially if you don't run?

I am on week 12 of training for my first half marathon. At the beginning of the year I decided I wanted to run one. Not sure why, I hate running. Or today I can say I hated running. Now, it's not so bad.

I've had a few people ask my about my training so I thought I would share it with you!

I just found this online. I'm not sure who 'Snacking in Sneakers' is, but shout out to them.



The plan was laid out for 20 weeks, but my half marathon was 28 weeks away. So, I just did the first week twice, and did the same for the following 3 weeks. So I've been training for 12 weeks, but I'm on week 8 of the plan - if that makes sense.

I began training on February 25 and man...that first run was brutal. I ran a 5K on Thanksgiving but I had to walk some to catch my breath.

On my first day of training it took me 19 minutes to run a mile and a half. It was cold and the wind hurt my lungs and my ears. I was miserable.

But, I stuck to it. Each run became easier and easier. I decided to renew my gym membership so I could still run if it was dark or cold or raining so I wouldn't have an excuse not to run.

Last Friday, I ran my longest run yet- 6 miles - and I did it in just over an hour. I was super proud of myself. I am going on vacation in a few weeks and

I plan to stick with it. The plan I'm on isn't bad because it's only 3 days. You can find time to run 3 days out of the week.

I feel better, my clothes fit better, and I am proving I can do anything I set my mind to.

I'm also trying to set a good example for my daughter so when she gets older she will know she can do anything she sets her mind to.


As far as apps, I use the Nike Run Club app. It is great with helping you keep track of your miles and helps you set goals. There are also achievements you reach with helps keep up your momentum and gets you excited about running.


I am running the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon on September 7, so if anyone would like to join me on this crazy journey, let's do it! It's supposed to be a beautiful run.

I hope to see you there! If you have any tips or running stories you'd like to share, please get in touch! You can find me on Instagram @karissawinstead or on Facebook or Twitter. You can also visit my website www.karissawinstead.com.


Happy running, friends!

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