NYC Half Marathon Training Plan 2018

I know I haven’t written in a while! It’s been a busy past few months. Last I wrote was about my wedding. It’s now been over 3 months and I still wish I could go back to that day! 

We actually just got back from our honeymoon in Hawaii. It was truly amazing and we had so much fun discovering each island. We went to Oahu, Kauai and Maui. Each island is so different, and I’m glad we were able to go to 3. 




Next time we’ll have to go to Big Island! I’ll do a more in-detail recap of our activities in another post. 

So last year around this time I thought I was going to start training for the NYC Marathon. And then I didn’t…and didn’t end up running for about 8-9 months. You can read more about that here. 

I deferred my entry to this year, and this year I am running it! My mom, however, didn’t get in through the lottery again. But 2 of our running group members did so at least I’ll have someone to train with. I wish she could run it with me though but I’m trying to convince her to do the LOVE Run in Philly the following weekend so we can train together. 

In terms of not running for the past 8-9 months…I found some solutions to my health issues (adrenal fatigue cortisol issues), but still haven’t “solved” it. I hate not exercising, and didn’t see much of a change in my body, so I’m going to start running again as well as exploring more options for some health issues. 

Running and exercising are a huge part of my life. I was told that by stopping exercise it would solve a lot of issues. Might be true, but I didn’t feel a significant enough change for it to be worth not exercise. I understand that I can’t go from 0-100 but I want to begin exercising again and feeling strong. 

I’m really excited to train for this half marathon. I’m not expecting anything and although I always want to PR, I know that probably won’t happen. Also because my PR is from my FIRST half marathon and we still haven’t been able to best it lol. 

Here’s my current NYC Half Marathon training plan – very generally speaking: 

-6 weeks of base building 

-4ish weeks of specific training 

-1.5ish weeks of taper 

I really just need to get out and run right now. Base building is super important, and what I preach to my own cross country runners. I plan on starting with consistent 30-45 minute runs and building up from there. Right now, 13.1 miles seems impossible, but I know I can do it. 

Also, kind of nervous about finishing in Central Park. They changed the course for 2018 and it’s pretty different. I think I would have liked the straight shot down West Side Highway, but we’ll see. 

I’m really excited to finally be running the NYC Half Marathon! It’s been on my running bucket list for years. Just really wish my mom could run with me. 

Who else is running NYC Half Marathon? Have you ran it before? Thoughts?  


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  1. You are lucky that your mom can run and train with you, even if it’s not always for the same race. Although my “sabbatical” was only for three months, it really didn’t take much effort to ease back into 13.1 training. You just may surprise yourself! Good luck!!
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  2. I enjoyed seeing your Hawaii pics on IG… so fun to do a variety of islands and get a taste of everything. You will love the big island.. volcanoes!

  3. So fun! Maui was part of our honeymoon 11 years ago (we matched it with San Francisco and Napa Valley) and it was amazing. We cannot wait to go back.

    I’m sorry you haven’t found a solution to your health issues, but I think if you aren’t getting a benefit from not exercising, it’s ok to go (carefully) forward. Your mental and emotional health matters, too.

    I think i need to look at the NY Half. I need to get a race in NY, and this would kind of be perfect. Best of luck with your training!
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  4. Your honeymoon photos are awesome. Glad you had a fun time! Good luck with half training. You’ll do great!
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  5. How fun! I love all of your honeymoon photos :)
    I’m not running the NYC Half this year but I ran it in 2016. The new course should be fun!
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  6. I did the NYC half last year and didn’t love the long straight shot – it took forever to get to the end! Interested to see what you think of the new course, but don’t fear Central Park — it will be a fun finish for sure!
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  7. Yey for getting back to running! I heard they changed the course. Sounds like it’s going to be a bit harder, now!
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