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Starting from Scratch | Half Marathon Training

June 22, 2017

I decided this year I would set myself a fitness goal as I’d really struggled last year to get out. The mad lady inside me decided it would be a good idea to embark on a half marathon. Despite me saying “never again” after Royal Parks Half in 2015.

Starting from scratch is pretty daunting. I feel a bit lost. I can just about comfortably run a slow 5k. Last time I was running between 30-50k a week routinely! So I’ve decided that I will just aim to get the distance in instead and not stress about timings.

Nike Air Max Trainers


I was supposed to be running the Great North Run but everything has conspired to me not doing this. So I’m running with some friends from work for CRUK at the Great Birmingham Run. This is in October, so starting half marathon training properly in June/July should hopefully mean I’m alright on the day. It’s also closer to home so I don’t have to worry about travel now.

Half Marathon Training

TJ Hughes Nike Air Max Trainers

To help me start off my training TJ Hughes sent me some Nike Air Max trainers*. Now I’m not really a Nike fan running shoe wise, but these trainers are perfect for my at home workouts and also my walking. Dr W and I have been upping our Fitbit goals lately with the aim of 12k steps a day now! I’m hoping this will help overall with the half marathon training. Anyway, I’m trying to shift back into training so here are my top 5 tips for getting back out there:

  • Don’t go schedule mad at the start – by all means have a plan, but scheduling out the next three months is too much. I plan the next 2-3 weeks ahead at most. It also means you can switch up your training if you’re not enjoying a part of it.
  • Try and make some healthy choices – I’m not one for pushing diets but making healthier choices overall will help with running. TJ Hughes have some great cheap food processors and blenders so you could try making some smoothies for breakfast. I’ve been enjoying making smoothie bowls lately.
  • Find an exercise buddy – I’ve started doing some of my runs with a good friend. They’re a bit faster than me, but we go out on the longer slower runs together and it helps both of us keep pace. It’s also nice to catch up!
  • Music – I love my iPod shuffle, those training runs and home work outs that I struggle to get into, music really helps. I also use YouTube for home workouts, there’s so many good exercise vloggers out there. Tom Davey’s ab work outs are fab.
  • Parkrun – I’ve recently gotten into Parkrun. There’s a new one started closer to my flat, which is perfect. I don’t manage every week. But when I can it’s great to go and run an organised 5k and people are very friendly. Again all very encouraging!

Worcester Walk

Have you run a half marathon before? Do you have any tips for me? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. * PR Sample. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.


  • Reply Alice August 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Yay congratulations for signing up, that’s brilliant! After my half marathon I said NEVER AGAIN too (I much prefer other forms of exercise to running!!) but I do actually miss it quite a bit, so I think I will probably give it another go at some point! Alice xxx

  • Reply elsie June 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Awesome! all the best in your training

  • Reply Anca June 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Good luck with your training. Now I’m preparing for a 5k, much shorter and it’s difficult. I hope one day I’ll be able to say I’m preparing for a half marathon too.

  • Reply Angela Milnes June 26, 2017 at 9:57 am

    This is awesome. I wish I could do training like this. Well done and goof luck with it all. Having an exercise buddy is a great idea too!

  • Reply Pablo Heras June 26, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Well done Emma!! and beautiful place to train! 🙂

  • Reply Amy June 26, 2017 at 8:25 am

    At least you had an amazing day for it aswell, GOOD LUCK!! I agree on finding a buddy i really think it helps xx

  • Reply Nina June 26, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Well done Emma. I always plan ahead and go full throttle for the first 2 weeks and after that I am just laaaazy. Love the trainers

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte June 22, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Woo good luck lovely! I never seem to be able to get back into running. I’ve been upping my steps too, especially with all this lovely weather!

  • Reply chichi June 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    i want to get back to yoga and point 1-4 work for that as well, love ur leggings!

    • Reply MissPond June 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      The leggings are from M&S believe it or not! I love yoga, I use Yoga with Adrienne, she’s brilliant 🙂

  • Reply Rhian Westbury June 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I really need to give park run a go as I think it would be such a good incentive to get into running again x

    • Reply MissPond June 22, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      It’s so friendly, I was quite nervous at my first one but I really enjoyed it 🙂

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