Training Plan!

October 9, 2019
Making this really took me back to 2005

Woohoo! I have crafted my own training plan for the Hollywood half marathon. It is a mashup of elements from the Train Like A Mother “FINISH IT” plan, with integrated 21 Day Fix (and 21DF Extreme) workouts.


  1. I ended up deciding on 3 runs / 2 strength workouts / 1 core/yoga workout each week. This is probably about what I can currently handle.
  2. Notably, 3 of these workouts are about 30 minutes (ie, not long). The runs are generally 4-6 mi on “easy run” day and 4-5 mi (mainly 4) on “speedwork or tempo” day.
  3. The LRs do not go up to 13.1 mi, and that looks like (more than) enough.
  4. In my heyday of running sans kids, it was not unlike me to hit every single workout on a training plan. 2005 me was amazingly consistent but she didn’t have all that much else to do. 2019 me is going to miss a few workouts. The “easy run” and “yoga/pilates” days are disposable if needed.
  5. I know that I don’t need a training plan. But for me, it’s about 80% of the point of picking a race! I #O%*#$ LOVE a good training plan. Hal Higdon plans are tried and true but not exciting enough for me. And I wanted to continue strength work.
  6. I wish we had hills to do a hill day on alternating speedwork days, but we don’t. And I hate the treadmill these days (because it’s in our garage which is hot and gross, and I know that could be remedied with various HVAC solutions but it’s not going to happen right now). But at least the race is flat too.
  7. I am giving those long runs the side eye. I haven’t run long since March of 2017 (my last half before getting pregnant with G!). But hopefully muscle memory will kick in (and I will NOT be going fast!).


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns October 9, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    There’s nothing like putting together a training plan! I’m a fellow upholder type-A planning/planner obsessed runner so I loved sketching our my training plans. It’s just nice to have an idea of how things will shape up. I hope you have a wonderful, healthy training season for this race. I look forward to training for something again some day when we are out of the family planning/toddler stages. So in like 3 years maybe? Ha!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 10, 2019 at 8:19 am

      I hope so too 🙂 Yes, it’s one of my favorite things to do too!! And I used to relish scheduling myself for 40, 50 mile weeks (though I did have many injuries in those days. And also infertility!). I would love to ramp it up even more than this (marathon) eventually but I’d like to get to the point where the kids are self-sufficient on weekend mornings – which will be a while!!

  • Reply Cate October 10, 2019 at 7:26 am

    As a non-fast runner myself, my mantra is that I’m faster than all the other people who aren’t running!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 10, 2019 at 8:20 am

      100% true!!!
      (And for me I can also tell myself that SOME strength training is a million times better than NO strength training!)

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