Rutgers Unite Half Marathon Training Update

Happy hump day! I hope you are all having a great week so far. Today we’re supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow… I called another snow storm happening when February was way to warm for normal so I shouldn’t be so surprised. Fingers crossed it doesn’t stick around long and bring a lot of ice. I hope the weather isn’t as bad near you! Have a great day πŸ™‚

Today I wanted to check in on my half marathon training. The Rutgers Unite Half Marathon is now 39 days away. It’ll be here before I know it though! I’m really excited for it and think I’ll be able to accomplish my time goal. I actually have amended my time goal to be faster with how my speed workouts are going and think it’ll be in the low 1:50s.

My current schedule has me running 5 days a week. Typically that’s two speed workouts, two recovery runs and a long run. On average I’m running around 30 miles each week and it works for me. Mondays and Thursdays are typically 7 miles with speed in it. Tuesday and Fridays are recovery runs that are about 4 miles. Sometimes those days are 5 and some are 3 but it’s been 4 for a while. Saturdays have been either 8 or 10 miles. This isn’t always the case but it’s been that way for a few weeks now.


Recently, I started adding in strength training after my runs. I was going some workout videos for a while and they were good. The only complaint I had was that I had no idea what the moves were so I was learning as the instructor was showing them and if I needed to modify for whatever reason it would take up half the time by the time I got the move down. Plus I had to spend the time setting up Chromecast then queuing all the videos on Youtube.

It took too much time. I wanted something faster and easier with less thought required. So I broke out my copy of bikini body guide from Kayla Itsines. I bought this 2.5 years ago and followed it hardcore for a few weeks. Then I got bored and stopped. I figured I would break it out and try it again. Now I’m not following the program exactly by any means for a few reasons which I can write another post about if that’s of interest. It’s week two of doing this and so far it’s working how I want so I’m happy with it.


This is what last week of training looked like for me:

Monday: 1 mile warm up, 2 miles lactate threshold (8:25, 8:34), 1 mile recovery jog, 2 mile lactate threshold (8:13, 8:07) and 1 mile cool down followed by a leg circuit for 15 minutes.

Tuesday: 5 mile recovery run at 10:17 average pace. Arms and core circuit for 15 minutes

Wednesday: Rest day but stretched and foam rolled

Thursday: 1 mile warm up, 5 mile tempo pace (8:28, 8:27, 8:17, 8:12, 8:15), 1 mile cool down plus a 15 minute leg circuit

Friday: Supposed to be 4 recovery miles but the nor’easter made it unsafe to run so I just did an arms and core circuit for 15 minutes.

Saturday: 2 mile warm up, 1 mile 8:50-9 minute pace, 1 mile hard effort (ideally 8:10-8:20), 1 mile 8:50-9 pace, 1 mile hard effort, 2 mile cool down. The middle four miles had paces of 8:54, 8:32, 8:53, and 8:35. So a little slower than intended but it happens and that’s okay! When I got home, I got in 15 minute of full body work.

Sunday: Rest day.

So that’s a little peak into what the past few weeks have been like for me! I’m really excited for the half to be here. With training in the winter, I’ve been able to trained in snow, wind, rain and 60 degrees so in terms of weather I think I’ll be pretty prepared for race day with that. In a week and a half I’ll have my longest run (12 miles) before race day and I can’t wait to tackle a new distance. Now there’s a few more weeks of hard training before tapering and then race day!

Question of the day: How’s your training going?

34 thoughts on “Rutgers Unite Half Marathon Training Update”

  1. Dang girl! You run a lot. I’m not a super runner by any means and typically run 4 days a week, 3 short ones and one long. I find it works for me so I don’t get burnt out. I also takes rest days during the week if I’m just not feeling it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on BBG!


    1. I’m not a super runner either! It definitely took work to get my body to this point. 4 days of running is still a lot! I’ll definitely put my thoughts together in a post within the next week or so on that πŸ™‚


  2. I always felt like when I added in strength training to a training cycle, I was SO much stronger than when I just relied on running alone. It’s amazing what strengthening other parts of your body can do for your running! Great job!

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  3. Nice work on your training! You’re doing great. I am looking forward to getting back to running — I haven’t had the “itch” while pregnant but I know I’ll be back to it after this baby comes! πŸ™‚ Keep it up!!


  4. I have two races in mind that will build on each other, I have a training plan picked and now I just need to be healthy enough to start!!!
    Your schedule sounds great!!:)


      1. I like hearing your opinion:) Another blogger suggested a Hal Higdon training plan so I thought I would try that. Being sick this long I’m worried I’m going to lose all my fitness. Intellectually I know t won’t happen in a week, but this having to lay around is killing me!


      2. I’ve never used Hal Higdon’s plan but a lot of people love it. Definitely play around to find what works for you! I totally get what you mean! You may start slow when you go back but after a few days you’ll be back to your current fitness level!

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      3. Oh right- you have a coach now:).
        Yup trying to keep that in mind- one week won’t undue years, just feels that way🀣


      4. Yep I do!
        We’ve all been there as runners! I think a slow run or two then you’ll be back to “normal”. It’s like what people say about eating right “eating one burger doesn’t make you fat just like one salad doesn’t make you skinny”.

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