New & Exciting Goal!

I was a little scared to actually announce this as a goal, because once I announce it… I feel like I have to do it. But that’s good, right? (I think it’s called accountability…)

I just signed up for the Richmond half-marathon in November!

I’ve always wanted to try running a half marathon, since the longest distance I’ve done so far is 10K.

As for a training plan, I’m planning on loosely following this plan from Fitness magazine.

But I have a few important imperatives:

  • I refuse to decline social events for “training” – I’m not an Olympian. I don’t have to give up fun for running.
  • I will not get out of bed before 8am on a weekend, unless I’m in the mood to do so, which I won’t be, ever.
  • I will not let running dictate my diet. I’ll eat when I’m hungry, I’ll stop when I’m full. None of that craziness.

So I think I’ll call this the “How To Run A Half Marathon And Still Have A Life” plan.


One last thing, time to announce the winner of the Nasoya Giveaway! (I can’t figure out how to paste in the Random Number Generator picture… but it was #89!)

Congrats, to Min of Savor the Rainbow! E-mail me your shipping info, and I’ll have Nasoya send out your prize pack!

Alright, who has some tips for me?


  1. Congrats on the half marathon- I LOVE your approach to it! Running is meant to be fun, not take over your lie..unless of course you’re getting paid to do so :)!

  2. Congrats! I’ve never done a half but I did start running about 3 years ago and have done several 5K’s and really just tell myself to do it for fun! Maybe someday i’ll do a half I do like your approach to it! Just have fun!

  3. congrats on saying up for the half marathon! Looks like you got a good plan of attack πŸ™‚ you will do great, once race day comes you will have a blast

  4. So Kate was like “Do you want to join Liz and I to run the half marathon?!” Me: “Yeah no.” haha. Proud of you though! And even happier that you won’t be doing crazy sacrifices for it either πŸ™‚

  5. Good luck! We live on the route so you’ll run right by my house!

  6. Awesome! I like your training style πŸ˜€ Good luck!!

  7. GO GIRL! I’ve run 3 halfys and I never said no to something fun to train, gotten up early (unless I wanted to) or changed my diet…so you shouldn’t have any trouble! It looks like all of your training in that plan in running…which is obviously good since you’re goal is to RUN a half marathon. For me though, I got sick of running QUICK while training so I was on a plan where I “cross-trained” (aka did any other exercise EXCEPT running) for 1 or 2 days a week. I say, if you get sick of running, replacing a short run with 30 minutes of cross training. Good luck!

  8. You will be awesome πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  9. kerrycooks says:

    Awesome, you’re very
    brave! Love your level headed take on the training!

  10. Yippee!! Congratulations!

  11. Yay! Congrats!!!! I love your approach to it too, if I ever decide to train for a race, I’m going to approach it the same way πŸ™‚

  12. I love this! I will aspire to run one… but have to get that 10k under my belt first. πŸ˜‰

  13. Sounds like a great plan! Best of luck with your training!

  14. awesome! good luck on your run.

  15. Yayayay congrats!!!

  16. ahhh so exciting!! That looks very similar to the plan I used to run my first (and so far, only) half, and it worked really well! I was able to run the whole thing with no problem!

  17. Yay, this is such an exciting goal! I signed up for my first half marathon really last minute, so didn’t have a long time to plan for it. Get ready for some great thinking time (I always think great on long runs :))

  18. Such a smart idea to plan imperatives- these will most likely would’ve been your biggest issues and you’re being up front with yourself about them. Good for you!!!

  19. Oh Wow! Good luck with your training, you will do great!

  20. I know what you mean about the accountability πŸ˜‰ but wow, that’s brilliant!
    The training programme looks good and your attitude’s perfect; you’ve got to have a life and I think eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full is perfect!

  21. Love the name of your training plan! I think it’ll help that the race is in November. I trained for mine in the summer so I had to wake up early for my long runs to avoid the heat. Training in the fall means you can sleep in and recover from whatever happened Friday night πŸ˜‰ Look forward to reading about your training!

  22. That’s exciting. Have fun with it, take your time, put in the miles so you don’t get hurt. But also cross train and rest! That’s just as important as miles.

  23. Ahh exciting news!! Congrats! I love that you’re taking a rational, not losing-yourself approach to training. Can’t wait to follow along!

  24. I ran my first half marathon a couple of months ago! It was so much fun!! I had a training schedule, but I didn’t stress myself about trying to stick to it perfectly. Just make sure you do long runs once a week. Eat lots, and get plenty of good carbs and protein. My hunger beast kicked in when I started training and I was eating sooo much! Three months of training totally kicked my butt, but the feeling of running that race and crossing that finish line was something that I will never ever regret. Good luck!!!!

  25. Atta girl! You will rock it! Looking forward to hearing all about it! πŸ™‚

  26. Congrats!! I love how you are committed to NOT let running ruin your diet. I do agree that when running and burning a ton of calories you get a little more hungry and need to eat a bit more, but I don’t think it is necessary to all of a sudden start eating sour patch kids as “fuel.” GO YOU!

  27. Congrats, I am excited for you!! Oh and I love your plan, especially the whole not let running dictate all things in your life. That is what I am trying to do with workouts/runs now.

  28. Yay! Good luck with your training! I ran my first half in June and loved it!

  29. YAY! I’m running my first half marathon in October πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read updates on how your training is going. I’m also trying to actually enjoy my training. I run when I feel like it and don’t run if I don’t. Your training plan looks like a very good and humane one to follow. Happy running πŸ™‚

  30. Love your 3 imperatives! It’s so refreshing to read AND it makes me feel good about being the same exact way! πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  31. Girl, you are going to KILL it. If you need extra motivation, you know I am here to tell you to beastmode it up!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  32. OOh!! Good for you!!! Good luck!! You can do it!! And yup..that sounds like a wonderful plan! And I can’t believe it! I won?!?! Totally unexpected!! Yay! I’ll be emailing you right away!

  33. This is SO exciting! I’ve actually been “training,” but haven’t signed up for the race yet. I wanted to get 1/2 way through to see if I could actually do it first. Can’t wait to hear more about this and your training. I also totally agree with the having a life plan while training – something I’ve been having trouble with.

  34. WHOO HOO! Awesome goal, lady. πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for you!

  35. Hey! found your blog via daily mile! and while looking around I saw this post! I’m also signed up for my first half marathon in November… and that’s the exact same 10 week running plan I plan on using for the time being (a little bit concerned that it never works up to the full distance…but that’s ok) Anyways I’ll be blogging my journey to it, and I agree no need to sacrifice social life or sleep.


    • Oh awesome!!! Thanks for checking out my blog and I can’t wait to read about your training!!!

      • The movies I used are: “42nd Street” (1933), “The Liitle Colonel” (1935), “Top Hat” (1935) ,”Swing Time” (1936), &08It2#8217;s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “The Red Shoes” (1948) and i think that’s all


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