My 8-Week Covered Bridges Half Marathon Training Plan

I do my best training when I follow a plan. I recently found a half marathon training plan, made some major changes (like running 3 days a week instead of 5), built in the workouts I love (spin, ballet), and gave myself one “free” day to pick a cross-training workout on Thursdays. Those might end up being a 2-a-day on another day because I often have things on Thursday nights – this week it’s the Bruins first playoff game, next week it’s donating platelets (which I try to do every 3-5 Thursdays) – and I have not done a morning run or workout on a weekday in more than 6 months. Besides, this Thursday at 7:15am is my follow-up appointment to discuss my MRI results, so there will be no workouts taking place that day.

Without further ado, here’s my plan. It’s called a “plan” for a reason, but I hope my MRI results don’t throw too major of a wrench into this.


It is not lost on me that the plan calls for 6 miles on Memorial Day Weekend, so I’ll be looking for a 10K to run that weekend. Normally I’d be up in the Adirondacks, and the BASE Race at the Baseball Hall of Fame was my worst race ever, so I owe it to myself to re-do that one (although I only did the 5K race there, and thank goodness because I almost died running 3.1 let alone 6.2). But my dad has a big work project rolling out the following week, so he isn’t sure if he’s going to be able to make it up to the cottage that weekend. There aren’t any 10Ks in Boston that weekend because of the Run to Remember 5-Miler/Half Marathon, but I could always run a mile before the race if I end up staying here in town. If I go home to Longmeadow to spend the time my dad isn’t working with him, I could do the Run Southwick Memorial Weekend 10K. It entails free beer from Westfield River Brewery and would most definitely include a stop at my all-time favorite casual restaurant on the planet, The Summer House. So, plenty of options regardless of where I spend the weekend, including just running 6 miles on my own (especially given I’m doing the Harpoon 5-Miler the previous weekend).


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