Sep 27

Favorite Marathon + Half Marathon Workouts #RunItWednesday

For the sake of SEO I guess I’m ok with using the word “favorite” to describe my pick for this week’s Run It Wednesday topic. However, saying this marathon workout is my favorite is kind of like saying having a c-section was my favorite way to have my kids. In both instances, the outcome was my favorite but the process? Not so much.

Minutes after crossing the finish line at the NYC Marathon in 2015.

So, a few honest words of caution before diving into one of my favorite marathon workouts:

  1. The first time I saw it on my training plan, I threw up in my mouth
  2. I was very scared to attempt it
  3. I felt like my insides were on fire during it
  4. I felt like I accomplished an entire marathon, with a huge PR, afterward

I have done this workout several times now (and even do a shorter version for half marathon training) but it hasn’t become any less intimidating. However, I can guarantee it will make you a stronger runner both mentally and physically, both of which you will need to tow the line for 26.2

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

If that doesn’t sufficiently get your inner running flames burning, I have a few friends here to offer alternative plans for both the marathon and half marathon distances…








Do you have a favorite workout, running or otherwise?

If you try mine, you have to tell me about it. It’s part of the deal.


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  1. The best, most effective workouts are the ones that make you throw up in your mouth when you see it on paper. True story. 🙂
    Angela @ happy fit mama recently posted…Workouts for Your Best Half MarathonMy Profile

    1. Bahahahahahhahahahahah
      Susie @ Suzlyfe recently posted…Dear First Time Marathoner and Half MarathonerMy Profile

  2. I haven’t run 15 miles in a long time (read: last year) but when I do, I’m going to do this workout! Love linking up with you!
    Nellie recently posted…6 Amazing Half Marathon & Full Marathon Training WorkoutsMy Profile

    1. YES! I want to hear all about it afterward…

  3. I both want to try your workout and throw up when I think about trying it 🙂 The best workouts totally kick one’s butt while doing them – but better during a workout than on race day! Love this link up!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…5 Best Half Marathon and Marathon Workouts {Run It}My Profile

  4. I had the same thought when I saw your workout! Looks crazy intimidating but also awesome! This weather is kicking my butt- I didn’t even make it through my little 800s this morning. Hoping I can conquer some of these harder workouts soon!
    Laura recently posted…Checking in on 2017 goalsMy Profile

    1. Today was our first day with no humidity so I hope you’re getting the same. I have 11 tomorrow with some quick paces thrown in so I’m praying the coolness stays!

    • danielle on September 27, 2017 at 11:54 AM
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    whoa talk about stars aligning, i literally just received an email from my husband that said he registered us for the houston marathon jan 2018… and then your blog post on this. hahahaha! i’m laughing hysterically. i’m literally in the throws of another virus/sinus infection thank you toddlers, and trying not to sound like a dying toad when i talk.
    and now add a marathon to train for??? i think i’ll just make this my “just make it to the finish aka 5 hour marathon goal” goal. i’ll be fine with a 5 hour marathon, because honestly i’m not feeling super hot right now. i know i’ll get better but dang, talk about funny timing!
    on the good side, i’m really glad that my husband is doing it and is excited. it’s nice to have him doing something again that is not work related. running makes him happy and i love it when he’s happy!!!

    1. That is so cool!! And yes, totally having the goal of “finishing” is fantastic! Jealous that you can run together. My husband would maybe do 2 miles with me. Maybe. LOL! Have fun training 🙂

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