Berlin Half Marathon Plan


Happy Monday! How is it already the third week of January? Wow! In an effort to hit some of my goals for this year, I have officially signed up for the Berlin Half Marathon on Sunday, April 8 and started training this past Saturday. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill and it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done but also not the hardest. Vinn and I will be running the half together and we really love our training time and really looking forward to it.

I thought I would share my training plan for two reasons: one, to help keep me accountable and actually go on these runs and two, to share what I’m doing and hopefully share in the training journey with others. I follow lots of running blogs and love reading their tips, triumphs and struggles. It always makes me feel like I’m not alone!

Obligatory disclaimer that I am not a doctor, running coach or healthcare professional. Please consult your doctor before starting a training program. This post does contain affiliate links.

I have run several half marathons and one full marathon in 2015, so I know what to expect when it comes to training. The Berlin Half Marathon will be my first run in Europe, which is really exciting! It’s been something on the ol’ to-do list since we moved here, especially for Vinn.

For training, I’m loosely following Hal Higdon Novice 2 training plan. It basically has you run 4 times a week, with long runs on Saturday and building on the long runs each week. Since I ran 4 miles this past Saturday, I will run 5 miles this coming Saturday. It was the first run in my new running shoes and I am obsessed with them! I’ve used his training plans in the past and really love them. It’s not too much and totally doable. I will be doing a little more cross training than he suggests by adding in some yoga, weights and Pilates to some of the days each week.

Here’s what a week will look like:

Sunday // Elliptical & Weights, if I feel like it OR Rest Day

Monday // 3 Miles & Yoga

Tuesday // 3 Miles & Weights

Wednesday // 3 Miles at race day pace, these runs will build throughout & get up to 5 miles

Thursday // Pilates

Friday // Elliptical & Weights

Saturday // Long Run

This looks, to me, like a nice, balanced training plan and one that I can easily stick to. I will certainly add in more rest days either on Sunday or Thursday depending on how I feel but right now I like the plan. I love how I feel when I lift weights and won’t be doing anything strenuous enough that will make me sore and not able to run. The focus for the next few weeks will be running and after that I think I will start the Bikini Body Guide again.

I will definitely keep you posted on how training is going. If you want to know anything specifically, leave a comment below! I’m really excited to be doing this, especially with Vinn. We love running together and haven’t done it since our training for the half marathon over 2 years ago. It will be great to get back into it, especially with the big 3-0 on the horizon!

Have you ever run a long race? What’s your favorite fitness activity?

Half-Marathon Training Plan for a European Half, Training for the Berlin Half

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  1. Maureen | 15th Jan 18

    I’m running a half marathon on April 8th as well! Although mine is much less exciting and at my alma mater instead of Berlin. Can’t wait to see how your training goes Jessica!

    • Jessica | 15th Jan 18

      oh my gosh, how funny!! Good luck to you, too. You motivate me to run during the week!

  2. Katie | 15th Jan 18

    How exciting! I’m can’t wait to see your training and the race photos!
    Are you two setting any goals for this one? What turned you on to the Brooks Adrenaline?

    • Jessica | 15th Jan 18

      Hi Lady! I want to PR but I’m not dead set on it. I love that the Brooks have a good cushion but good support. I should have consulted you before buying!!

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