10-Week Run to Remember Half Marathon Training Plan

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Quick disclaimer: I created the half marathon training plan below for myself based on my goals and personal preferences.

If you’re looking for a training plan, I suggest checking out Smart Coach from Runner’s World. It’s a great tool for designing customized plans.


In the comment section of yesterday’s “I Want a PR” post, a number of people mentioned having great success with Hal Hidgon’s Half Marathon Intermediate Training Program. It has a nice mix of speedwork, tempo runs, easy runs, and long runs, so I decided to use it as the basis of my training plan. I still plan to do CrossFit a few times a week, so I plan to run three days each week for my half marathon training. Here’s what I have planned!

Week 1

6 x 400 5-K pace
3 m run
6 m run

Week 2

35 min tempo
3 m run
7 m run

Week 3

7 x 400 5-K pace
3 m run
10k race

Week 4

40 min tempo
4 m run
8 m run

Week 5

8 x 400 5-K pace
4 m run
9 m run

Week 6

40 min tempo
4 m run
10 m run

Week 7

9 x 400 5-K pace
5 m run
9 m run

Week 8

45 min tempo
5 m run
11 m run

Week 9

10 x 400 5-K pace
3 m run

Week 10

30 min tempo
4 m run
Half Marathon

Hopefully, I can stick to this plan and it’ll help me achieve my PR. I’m still struggling with how to incorporate running, CrossFit, and ample rest days, but I guess I’ll just feel it out and take days off as needed. No need to overdo it!


Mid-morning, I headed out to run 3 miles. My legs are still a little sore from Saturday’s half marathon, so I took it nice and easy. It felt great to loosen up my legs, and I finished in just under 30 minutes.


By the time I stretched, showered, and got dressed, I was starving for lunch, so I scrambled up some eggs with mushrooms and feta mixed in.

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While I ate my eggs, I toasted an English muffin to which I added peanut butter. I knew I needed something more for lunch than just a couple of scrambled eggs.

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I’m taking Murphy for a quick walk and then I’m off to my second NRT appointment. I’m so curious about the doctor is going to tell me!

P.S. For those of you who are following along with my CNC Meal Plans, here’s what I bought at the grocery store this week!



  1. Hello. I came across your blog while looking for a half marathon training plan. I’ll be running such race in 5 weeks, I’m currently on week 6 of your plan and to my surprise, it has been very easy to stick with it, even though I’m still having a hard time doing tempo runs the right way.

    Thank you for your blog and in particular for this training plan.

    Pardon my ignorance but I’d like to ask you what does RTB (which appears on week 9), stand for? What distance do you suggest I should run the week before the actual half marathon?

    Thanks in advance for your time.

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