Half Marathon on Saturday: Resting & Preparing

I have a half marathon on Saturday.

I’m very excited, but also a little nervous too. This is 13.1 miles we’re talking about.

I am going into this race with no time goal. I want to have fun and finish strong. I plan to do a run/walk method. I’m thinking of running 10 minutes (or a mile, whichever is first) and then walking 2 minutes. I’m not sure if I should start walking right away at mile one (I think so?) or wait until mile 5 or 6 when I start to get tired. Any half marathoners out there have experience with this?

I had a great 5 mile race on Saturday and, even though my dad is here visiting, I planned on getting in a couple solid runs, as well as some cross training.

Well, I’m afraid I might have over-done it last week when I was sick. Because, I’m still sick. Talk about frustrating! I’ve had a cold for over a week now, and like I mentioned the other day in my not pregnant” post, I’m still getting the cramping/feel like I’m going to throw up sensation in my stomach once or twice throughout the day. Not awesomesauce at all.

It is actually very frustrating and confusing. I plan on going to the doctor next week — don’t worry.

Even so, I’m doing what I can to prepare myself for my half this weekend.  I actually haven’t ran since Saturday, because I’m trying to get back to feeling and being 100% healthy.

Simple things I’m doing to prepare myself:

Drinking lots of water.
I got new running socks. Adidas from Costco – so comfy!
2 mile hike/walk yesterday
New running shirt (obviously clothes seem to be a very essential part of half marathon training. ha!)
Taking extra vitamin C
Easy weight training today


Casual bike ride (1 hour or so)
Hike up flattop (if weather is good)

Friday’s Plan (day before race) :

Drink lots of water
Eat high quality foods all day long
Go to bed EARLY. I’m hoping to be in bed by 9pm.
Lay out all my clothes & gear
Make sure a bottle is ready for Joshua

I’m hoping that come race day I will wake up feeling full of energy, healthy and with strong legs!


I need your tips! How have you prepared for a big race in the days beforehand? Any advice for me as far as running/resting goes? What about methods for walking/running a half? 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

4 thoughts on “Half Marathon on Saturday: Resting & Preparing

  1. Having the right running attire is important 🙂 I bought new clothes the day before my last half marathon cause I felt the need to look “athletic” Whatever that is. Good luck on Saturday, make the husband get up with the kids all night so you get a good nights rest!!

  2. Best of luck to you on your half this weekend!! I'm sure you will do amazing. Looks like your plan is pretty well set. Keep hydrating! I do a run/walk method (you can read about it on my blog), but I don't know if I would recommend trying it out if you haven't trained with it. What have your training runs looked like? Maybe walk/regroup/hydrate at all aide stations?? You'll do great! I've always wanted to run the Mayor's marathon!!
    (sorry, I can't comment sometimes unless I post as anonymous- I' m not trying to be creepy)

  3. I ran a half last September. I walked at all aide stations until I had slowly had my drink or snack. I walked most of mile 11, which had some uphill, and ran most of the rest of the way. The farthest I had run before the race was 11 miles, and I took the week before the race off from exercise besides walking. You have trained, you will do awesome! Just walk when you feel like it, and try to have fun! Races are full of excitement and good vibes with people cheering you on – enjoy it!

  4. I've set a goal to do the half marathon next spring. I haven't started training, but I'm getting excited reading this post. Good luck! Have fun with it.

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