Exercise Game Plan for Pre-Half Marathon Week!

Yesterday evening I had a running date with my grad school buddy Lauren!


Apparently we both got the blue tank top memo. (Jenny, thank you for my new Under Armour tank top! I loved it — especially the racer back cut. Super comfy!)

I was actually supposed to run with a blogger buddy (which is why I was running in the evening — you guys know I’m normally an early morning runner!), but we ended up postponing. Luckily, Lauren wanted to run! Perfect timing. We haven’t run together in awhile and I missed her! Running is always my favorite way to catch up with friends. :)

She came over to my place around 5 p.m. and we had a great speedy and chatty run through my VERY hilly neighborhood. I was super impressed with our pace given all the hills!




  • Mile 1: 8:14
  • Mile 2: 8:13
  • Mile 3: 8:35
  • Mile 4: 8:53

Total time: 33:57. Average pace: 8:28. Woohoo! The last two miles were especially massively hilly. I was excited we stayed under 9 min/miles!

So as you guys know, I’ll be running the Tobacco Road Half Marathon this weekend (on Sunday). It will be my 4th half marathon. Here’s the game plan for exercise this week:

  • Monday: Tennis (check!)
  • Tuesday: 4 mile run (check!)
  • Wednesday: 1.5 hour power yoga at Franklin Street Yoga 
  • Thursday: 4 mile run (early a.m.)
  • Friday: Low key elliptical (~30 mins) and arm strength
  • Saturday: Chill and rest up! Maybe some easy walks.
  • Sunday: Tobacco Road Half Marathon!


I wish the race were on Saturday — I’m not a big fan of Sunday races because then you spend all weekend kind of waiting for it/resting up (and you guys know how active I like to be on weekends). But, it’s all good. I’m excited! My last race was the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in December, but I ran that for fun vs. time, so I’m excited to try to bust it out speed-wise on Sunday. We’ll see! I’ll talk more about goals later this week.

As for now — check out my previous half marathon race recaps! It seems like just yesterday I was gearing up for my first — I can’t believe this weekend’s will be my 4th!


  1. 1

    way to go speedy! good luck!

  2. 2

    I love reading about your marathons. Good luck Sunday

  3. 3

    Just wanted to drop my pre-marathon schedule for this week too.
    Sunday – 12 miles (Supposed to run 8 but Jen wanted to run 12 before her half ;) )
    Monday – Rest
    Tuesday – Intervals (1 mi + 8×2:00 fast + 7×2:00 slow)
    Wednesday – Intervals (4 mi + 4×0:30 fast + 3×2:00 slow)
    Thursday – Rest
    Friday – 15 minutes real slow – just to get the blood flowing
    Saturday – 26.2 mi ;)

  4. 5

    Best of luck Sunday – you’ve obviously prepared very well!

  5. 6

    Good luck Anne! You will do great:)

  6. 7

    Best of luck! Perhaps the luck of the ol’ irish will help you get an great PR :-)

  7. 9

    I have a Sunday half marathon on April 1st (my first EVER!) and I definitely wish it were on Saturday too! I’d like to get it over with and relax!

  8. 11

    Yay for Brooks shoes! And good luck! You’ve been running really well lately, so I have no doubt that the race will go well.

  9. 12

    Good Luck! :)

  10. 13

    Good luck in your half on Sunday! I’m also running a half on Sunday (my first!) and am getting pretty anxious!

  11. 15
    Kelly O-ski says:

    Break a leg this weekend! (and obviously I don’t mean that literally!) Also, I LOVE the UA Victory tanks also. I have six of them–I am obsessed. haha

  12. 16

    Good luck this weekend!

    I wish I had some buddies to run with around here–but my friend who runs is a little more experienced than me. I don’t think I could keep up with the 15 miles she does some days!!!

  13. 17

    You will do so awesome on that race! And it’s on my birthday! :-P

    Have a great rest of the week!!

  14. 19

    Glad to see this example and good luck! I have a 12k on Sunday and was struggling to determine which days should be rest.

  15. 21

    I clicked on the banana and watched the video on belly fat and what foods to avoid. They said that wheat bread is bad and years ago when I was about 10 or 11 my mama told me to always avoid wheat bread because it was bad for you. Ha, “always listen to mama because mama knows best.”

    • 22

      What banana?

      I think everything in moderation – no point in avoiding things entirely – just don’t have too much of anything!

  16. 23
    Adventurer says:

    What good tips! And great plan for the week… Hope it turns out to have been just right! Good luck –

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