My Shamrock Half Marathon Training Plan

5 days from today I’ll kick off my training for my fourth half marathon.  To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement.


Just like with my previous three half marathons, I’ll be utilizing one of Jeff Galloway’s training plans, and focusing on using the run-walk method, especially for my long runs.  Since I’m registered for the Dolphin Challenge (8k on Saturday followed by the half marathon on Sunday), I’m going to follow Galloway’s Glass Slipper Challenge/Dumbo Double Dare training plan (which prepares runners for a 10k the day before a half marathon).

Most weeks, my 18 week training plan has me running three times a week.  My weekday runs will be timed, between 30-45 minutes.  I plan to focus on speed work one day a week.  Because of how early it now gets dark outside, and the time that I usually get home from work, most of my weekday runs will likely be on the treadmill.  I’m hoping that the weather will cooperate so that the majority of my long runs can be completed outside.  During weeks 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 I’ll complete a shorter run (or walk depending on how my legs are feeling) on Saturday, followed by my long run on Sunday, to help me simulate the back to back races.

Other than the potential for bad winter weather (the Farmers Almanac is calling for a cold, snowy winter), my other big challenge during this training cycle will be our Christmas vacation.  We’ll be at Disney World for five days of our vacation, and while I hope to get up early a couple of days that we’re there in order to run on the hotel treadmill, I’m also mentally preparing myself in case I’m too tired from walking around the parks all day.  I’m telling myself that I cannot beat myself up too much if I miss a couple of my planned runs, as I know that I’ll be able to get back on track the week after Christmas.

Just like with my past training, I will be running a couple of races, including a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot and the Christmas Town Dash 8k.  I’m also thinking about registering for the Reston 10 Miler three weeks before Shamrock Weekend, which would be a good practice race before the big race itself.

My training mindset for Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach was “no excuses.”  I’m thinking about using the same motto again to help me navigate what might be difficult winter weather and training during the holidays.

I can’t wait to officially be back in training as of Monday, and I’m super excited to train for my fourth half marathon!

QOTD: How do you mentally prepare yourself for training during the holidays?

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18 Responses to My Shamrock Half Marathon Training Plan

  1. Sounds like a solid plan. You will do so much walking at Disney I really don’t think you even need to worry about your runs that week, especially so early in your training cycle! Enjoy your vacation & definitely don’t beat yourself up about missing runs that week.

  2. I always feel like I am in training mode. It give me a goal to work towards. Hope your training starts off well. And there will probably be some setbacks along the way during the holidays but don’t let that get you down. Enjoy it! There will always be tomorrow to run.

  3. Lesley says:

    I created a Christmas running list to keep me motivated during the holidays. It’s a very condensed version of my regular Christmas playlist, but it’s so much fun to listen to. I do miss workouts though, especially after the office holiday party. I know I should workout but it would not be a good run.

  4. haleyduke17 says:

    I am streaking this year to stay motivated during the holidays. Other than that, I’m taking advantage that my family will be here to watch the kiddos so that I can actually get out of the house and run solo.
    Maybe the warmer Florida climate during your vacation will motivate you to run outdoors. find a route near your hotel to take it some sites.

  5. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Training during the holidays is actually super motivating for me to eat healthy!

  6. Jennifer says:

    That sounds like a good plan. I wonder how many miles you will be walking around the Disney parks (I bet a lot – did you track steps last year?) I am thinking of the Reston 10 as well… I am hoping PRR sells their race pack again this year 🙂

  7. Sounds like you are ready for training! I am a fan of the Galloway plans too. ENJOY your time in Disney! Run if you can and if you don’t, no stress. Everyone needs a few days off plus walking around the parks is a workout in itself! 🙂
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  8. Love the “no excuses” motto! I think that’s perfect for this time of year–there always seems to be an excuse, but I find that the earlier you get your training runs in during the day, the fewer excuses there are! That is, if you prepare for getting up early the night before 🙂

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