Run to Remember Half Marathon Training Plan

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

Recently, I received a number of questions about training for a half marathon. My Running page has all sorts of information about long runs, fueling, motivation, gear, and recaps of the five half marathons that I’ve run to date. If you have additional questions, please let me know!

I’m currently training for the Run to Remember at the end of May, so I’m using the training plan below from Smart Coach. Smart Coach is great because you can personalize a training program to meet your own running goals. If you’re thinking about running a half marathon (or already have one on your calendar), it’s a fantastic tool!


I also plan to use this post to keep track of my workouts since a bunch of people said they missed my weekly schedule that I removed from my blog. Keeping track of my workouts here will also help keep me on track with my half marathon training, so it’s a win-win!

Week of April 25

Week of May 2

Week of May 9

Week of May 16

Week of May 23

  • S: Off
  • M: 45-minutes elliptical
  • T: Body Pump
  • W: BOMF + 2-mile run/walk with Murphy
  • T: Yoga
  • F: Body Pump
  • S: Off



  1. That sounds like a great training plan I will be looking forward to reading how you feel it compares to the other training plans you’ve done.

    I’m running a half on Sunday much sooner than I had originally planned. But often sooner is better for me! 🙂

  2. Very nice! I’ve been doing that for a few weeks on my blog too. I love keeping track. I map out my week beforehand to get myself pumped up for the week. If things change I just mark it on there. But so far, so good on keeping to my schedule!

  3. Thank you ! I was wondering do you eat anything before you go on your early morning runs with your team?


  4. hi tina! ok- i am officially obsessed with your blog (found it a couple of weeks ago via ali & theodora!). and i am buying your book this weekend. your blog/career is so inspiring – i am hoping to get there one day too!

    thx for sharing your training plan – i am also running this half! (it will be half #3!). i am from boston but just moved down to nyc after graduation last may. can’t WAIT to run a hometown race with all of my family there!

    hope to run into you! (no pun intended!)

    Christine of bun&borough

  5. Nice plan Tina!! I love smart coach, and I bet posting and tracking this on your blog will keep you very accountable. Good luck with your training on this one!

  6. After I read your post this week about the SmartCOACH I had to go check it out. It’s an interesting tool! The only thing that has me scratching my head a bit is it seems to take the weekly initial mileage and spread it out a bit thin. Like, your longest run is 8 miles. Seems kind of low for half-marathon training. But if you were to put in 26-31 initial mileage (which is a stretch for me, I’m around 24-26 right now, but that’s what I put in anyway), it ends up with 13 miles for the long runs. And the predicted time is faster.

    Anyway, it’s a fun tool – thanks for posting about it or I would never have known!

    1. @chacha: I agree with this. I really like the idea of this tool, but it seems low on mileage and pretty slow with pace as well. Tina – will your 8 mile really be your longest run? I’m getting ready for my second half and would love to make a training plan like this work, but I don’t have much confidence in it working for me…

      1. @Liz: Sorry, I should have specified that my long runs will be longer than 8 miles. I did 9 today and have 11 or 12 on the agenda for next week.

  7. Wow, that looks like a really neat site! I just signed up for my first half (eek!) and I’d been planning on “modifying” a standard training plan to my needs, but this might be just the ticket I need. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Reading this post has motivated me to really get back into running regularly. I used to run 15 miles every week before I got pregnant. My babies are 8 months old and i am just getting back into it now. Being that I had triplets it is nearly impossible to find the time to run. The smart coach app is a great tool and I am hoping it can prepare me for a half marathon in either October or January of next year. Running is really something I am passionate about. It helps me deal with the stresses of having 3 babies.

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  10. I came across your blog through Healthworks’ FB post and really like your marathon training posts! I’m also training for the Run to Remember (my first half marathon) and am super excited. Thanks~

  11. i also have to a 12 mile boston run tomorrow! i ran boston run to remember last year. i raelly like it! although some people don’t care for it. i am running the hyannis half this year instead on the same day. anyway, i am always looking for a fellow runner to run with if you need someone

  12. I enjoy reading your blog and good luck in the half marathon next weekend. I’ve done it the last couple of years and the weather has been wonderful so fingers crossed for this year!

    BTW, I’m also a Boston runner/blogger who’s URL is if you fancied checking it out.

    Good luck!

  13. Hi Tina,

    Love your website! It’s definitely one of my favorites 🙂

    Since you have a lot of running/race experience I figured you would be able to answer my question. I noticed that you include many other workouts in your weekly training routine (yoga, body pump, etc.). I am a new runner and currently considering registering and training for a half-marathon. I am wondering if those other workouts are suggested or if a training program consisting solely of running is acceptable.



  14. I’M doing this Half marathon for the first time this upcoming May. I couldn’t find a good website for the training so thanks!

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