Half Marathon Training – Maritime Race Weekend

Well folks, training for my 3rd half marathon has begun! I’m training for the Maritime Race Weekend Tartan Twosome (double race). I’m running 5k on Friday Sept 11th (evening) and a half marathon Saturday Sept 12th.

Website: www.maritimeraceweekend.com

Location: Cow Bay, Nova Scotia

Number of runners: 5,000

Theme: Pirates!

Fun facts: this races has been named Best Designation Race by Canadian Running Magazine (a MUST RUN) and has the BEST BLING / Finisher’s Medals ! (seriously, the medals are ah–ma –zing!)

Past participation: I ran the Tartan Twosome last year – 5k Friday and 10k Saturday where I got two Personal Bests!! Review for 5k here and 10k here.

Training Plan for 2015:

MRW HALF Training Plan

Piper’s Maritime Race Weekend (Sept 12th) Half Training Plan


I’m really excited for this race as it will probably be my first race of 2015. That’s what happens when you spend 6 months on the injured list!

I am using the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Training Plan and have adapted it to kilometres. Last year, I used Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Training Plan and loved it! I wanted to use it again but felt that I’d be jumping into TOO much running for where I am at with my hamstring (which is really good at the moment!).


HAL HIGDON HALF Marathon Training Plan Novice 2

I’m scaling it back a bit but that’s not to say I won’t adapt the weeks as I move along. I’m planning on doing some cross training: DVD workouts, cycling and swimming with the girls J Yes, I’m totally going to count swimming with the girls as part of my training, ha ha!

Today’s plan was a 5k run! After two days of running 5k’s on my treadmill, my legs and body were a little tired. Not to mention I am still rocking the 30 day plank challenge each morning. I’m up to 2 minutes and 25 seconds – holy poop! It’s hard most days but today for some reason I got through it with very little struggles. Not sure what that means for tomorrow’s plank (2:30).

Today’s run was nothing but a struggle! It was terrible! I started off with a few hills (bad idea) in the shade and ended with a flat trail in the direct sun. It was rough but I feel great now!

hard run june 25


Would you rather run hills first or flat trail during a training run?

Would you rather run in the shade or sun your entire run?


44 thoughts on “Half Marathon Training – Maritime Race Weekend

    • Thanks! It’s a little more laid back then what I’ve done before but my goal this time around is to just get strong and back to running / training for half marathon’s again. PB’s will come when they come 😉 It’s super awesome to have a race (or two) to look forward to!

  1. What does “7k pace” mean? I mean, I understand the 7k but how is “pace” different than “run”? 1) flat 2) shade

  2. So excited for you to be back in training! And I gotta say I’m very intrigued about this Maritime Race Weekend! Everyone speaks so highly of it! What’s the half-marathon course like? Hilly? (I’m always wondering about hills! 🙂 )

    • You definitely need to check out MRW – so much fun, great location and great people – lots of #RunATCan people! I’m unsure about the half marathon course – I kinda don’t want to know it, ha ha. But I have heard it’s hilly. I’ll have to ask around for opinions!

  3. What a great plan. Love any Hal plan and think you were wise with the choice you made. So excited you are back and training. As for me I am all about flat trails and some sun to work on the tan 🙂

  4. Good luck! Hal is my homeboy when it comes to training plans. And I’m all about running in the shade – I hate the heat!

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  6. I’m so happy that you get to start training for a race! I’m not training for anything specific right now, but I’ll start half marathon training in August.

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