Remember Summer growing up?
You probably weren't dreaming about half marathon training in future years but they were always such a magical time of late nights, fireflies, barbecues and friends.
It was always filled with excitement!
We lose a lot of that fun spontaneity as we get older and it becomes harder with our schedules, jobs, and family life.
Setting new goals for yourself can be one way though to break out of the rut and routine and get some of that spirit back into your summer.
There are so many ways you can do this - setting a goal to read so many books or listen to a podcast a day or even just take 15 minutes each day to focus on relaxing .
I'm going to propose something though that will help you feel good, maybe lose some weight, gain muscle, confidence, and WILL help to reduce your stress level and that is to set a goal to run a half marathon at the end of the summer!
I designed for you a 13 week half marathon training plan which will last from June 1 until the very end of August.
I challenge you to find a half marathon to run at the end of the summer...maybe a Labor day weekend run?
(If you are looking to run a 4th of July race then maybe check out our 6 Week Half Marathon Challenge!)
Just make the commitment and see how being in a training plan and working towards a great goal can really make such a difference in your daily life.
It is a commitment to become healthier and take care of your body & mind. And trust me, it will spill into all the other parts of your daily life!
And see for yourself what a difference a great summer with goals can make!
Training for a race during the summer presents the challenge of running in the heat.
How can you get around the fact that it's 100 degrees outside and you need to run 8 miles on your training plan?
It sounds miserable to train for a summer half marathon. However there are a few ways to beat the heat and grab that coveted finisher's medal!
A beginner runner who can run at least 2-3 miles.
Starts at 11 miles and builds up to at the most 24 miles
Your long training runs are scheduled for Saturdays however these can easily be shifted to Sundays by shifting the entire week by one day.
Unless you are training for a time goal, keep your long run pace slow, even 1-2 minutes slower than your normal running pace.
Shorter training runs are scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.
These will help you to keep your running fitness base, build volume throughout the week and help to reduce injury during your long run on the weekend by keeping your running muscles in tune.
Is included on Wednesdays.
There are so many different things you can do on your cross training days. Here are some cross training ideas for runners and which ones to avoid.
Plus check out this list of cross training workout videos on YouTube for runners.
2 rest days are scheduled each week during this training plan.
One is scheduled on Thursdays and one on Sundays after your long run.
Try and be mindful that you are supposed to be getting some extra rest and do things like go to bed 30 minutes earlier or make a super healthy protein smoothie!
Also, grab your free printout of the program below the half marathon training plan!