Your First Half Marathon Training Plan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to train for, and run a half marathon? Whether you love being active or hate it, running a half marathon is something everyone should do once. I promise you it will be fun. I know it sounds terrible (like self inflicted torture) but once you can run 3 miles without stopping, that's when the fun begins.

How many times have you told yourself you were going to get healthy? Well now is your chance! I want you to run a half marathon and I'm going to make the logistics effortless for you.  What you need to do is find a race, sign up, and start putting one foot in front of the other. I'm going to be here training with you every single step of the way.

Step 1: Download the RunKeeper app. onto your smartphone.  Because I'm a RunKeeper ambassador, the first 100 people to CLICK HERE  and type in the code "RSRNewYear" into the website will get 1 month free of RunKeeper elite. What's the difference between RunKeeper and RunKeeper Elite? The amount of training plans! The reason I am a runner today is because of RunKeeper. I found the app 1 week after I started running and after trying 4 other apps, decided it was the best Running App out there. I've trained for over a dozen half marathons and 2 full marathons with it. And what's even more exciting is 3 Run, Selfie, Repeaters will win 1 FULL YEAR of RunKeeper elite! How? By submitting your Runfie's of course!

Over the next 7 day's take a picture of yourself running with the reason why, use the #RunSelfieRepeat, and you could win! Remember if your account is private I can't see your runfie! So lace up and get moving!

I've gone ahead and created a Beginner's Half Marathon training schedule if you choose not to use the RunKeeper app. (The RunKeeper plan is EXTREMELY similar and is the plan I used for my first Half Marathon! I recommend RunKeeper over the plan below.) Every Monday I will break down the training plan for all of you first timer's! If you can't run a mile start at the top. That way we can slowly move from walking 1 minute and running 1 minute to running 4 miles without stopping!

Not sure which half marathon to run? Check out! If you haven't run a day in your life you will need about 6 months. If you can run 4 miles right now, you will need about 4 months.

Let me know which half marathon you sign up for in the comments section below and remember you can always email me with questions, comments, concerns, and any panicking:

Here we go! Who's ready to run their first half marathon?!?!?!?! There's no better time than now, I promise. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.


Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.