Half Marathon Training Plan ~ Bluenose

A few months ago I agreed to run a half marathon with two friends whom will be running their first half marathons!!! Kind of exciting, right! I’m currently in week 4 of my training and thought i’d share my training plan.

I usually post this prior to starting a round of training but I was two weeks into training before I realised that I should have been following a training plan! Obviously, those two weeks I did not follow my exact training plan below but I was running, cycling and going to yoga anyway so it all worked out just fine.

Event: Bluenose Marathon (5k, 10k, 15k, half, full and team relay)

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Race: Half Marathon.

Date: Sunday May 20th (kids run May 19th)

Previous Bluenose races: First half in 2006 (different course), 3 – 10k’s, 1 -5k and 4 kids run’s (2k).

New This Year: The course has changed and going in reverse order!


Training Plan

I’ve used Hal Higdon half marathon training plans for the last few years and really like them.  I often modify them to fit in other activities such as yoga and soccer, not to mention I change them into kilometres since I run in kilometres not miles.  I’m not a fan of doing math while I run so having the plan in kilometres vs miles prior to training is key for me. Half Marathon Training Plan KMChanges you’ll see each week: 

  1. I don’t plan to run 5 days a week. My life or body doesn’t allow for that – let’s be honest! I’m happy to do other activities such as skiing (last few weeks) to yoga, cycling and soccer.
  2. I like to run in even numbers like 6 km  rather then 3.5 miles which is 5.63 km. Therefore, I might run slightly longer or slightly short then expected when the plan was converted from miles to kilometres.
  3. I have kids and my husband is a paramedic = shift work!!! I fit in my runs/workouts when I can and sometimes I change up the order of those based on my families needs vs my training plan. Life happens!

Future Races for 2018:

I have not registered for any other races this year and I’m kinda loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I have about 5-7 that I want to run between now and November! I’ll likely sign up late for most of them, some I’ll miss due to family responsibilities and some I want to be a pace bunny for again.

I’m also going back to my weekly posts of “What was planned vs What really happened”. I started this a few years ago and enjoy recapping my weeks this way. So there you have it, my training plan that I’ll attempt to follow with some weekly modifications.

What’s your favourite half marathon training plan? And why?

Have you ever forgot to start your training on week 1 before?

What’s your best tip for half marathon training?

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Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training Plan

Whoop Whoop! It’s time to start training for Johnny Miles Half Marathon!!!!!!!!! I’m a wee bit excited!

I’ve been trying to build my base for the last 10 week (yes, 10) and now ready to get into training mode. My first race is May 22nd (10 k) and first half marathon is in June (19), then mid September (5 and half) and possibly one in October.

Johnny Miles Half Marathon Training

Race: Johnny Miles Race Weekend

Number of Runners: 3,000 (2 day event)

Distance: 21.1 km (me)

Date: June 19th 2016 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Who is Johnny Miles?

He was a Canadian (Nova Scotia) Marathon who won Boston in 1926 & 1929 and an Olympian. He supported his family while working as a kid in the coal mines and started running competitively throughout the Maritimes and beyond. I read a book about him two years ago and wanted to run this race after I read it.



  • This is my first time running this event.
  • It’s 2 loops.
  • It’s 2.5 hours away. I’m staying over night with my running buddy Krystol. This is our first girls weekend away without kids and completed focus on the run.
  • Yes, it’s Father’s Day weekend 🙂
  • I’m planning to run, continue my weekly yoga class, increase my strength training (IronStrength), core and hopefully add in some cycling when weather/schedules permit. I’ll more then likely hit up GoodLife Fitness in the city when I can and hope to get in my long runs with my running buddy, Krystol.


  1. To train for, run 21.1 km and successfully recover post race without any hamstring troubles.

Half Marathon Personal Best:

Currently is 2:05:10 in 2014. I’m not aiming for a PB but that’s what it is. My last half marathon was October 2015; PEI Marathon and finished in 2:13:28.

Training Plan: Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Training Plan.

I’m going back to the intermediate training plan as I really enjoyed it before and not feeling like I’m starting from scratch with my hamstring. I also don’t want to push it with training this time around and move on to Intermediate 1/2 just yet. I really want to build some more strength in my hamstring, glutes and core before focusing a lot on speed.

Note: I’ve taken the Intermediate in miles and changed it over to kilometres since that’s what I run in. Feel free to use this however, you may want to decide on how many km vs miles you want to run. Sometimes I rounded up, sometimes down.JohnnyMilesHalfTrainingWork Hard & Trust Your Training!

What are you currently training for?

Ever run Johnny Miles? 

What’s your BEST tip for training for a half marathon? 



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?