Hawaii is one of my favourite places in the world.  There’s just something magical about it.  It’s been a long time goal of mine to run the Honolulu Marathon.  Well guess what. I’m making it happen.  This year. December 11, 2011.  At 5am.  Ouch!  And I’m encouraging you to start training.  Not necessarily for this race, but for something. Whether it be this marathon, or another race in your town.  Here’s some motivation to get you started!  I’m not quite sure how I’m getting myself to Honolulu yet, but this is the first step in making it happen.  I’m putting it out there.  And when you want something badly enough, it will happen.  My goal is to have 20 people sign up and start training – are you up for the challenge?!  If so, write your name below!

This is my training schedule for the Honolulu Marathon.  Having run numerous marathons over the years and having qualified & run the Boston Marathon twice in 2009 and 2010 (best experiences of my life by the way!), I have come up with a schedule that works best for me.  I’ve taken ideas from other running guru’s, but this is mine.  And it works.  So take some of it or take it all.  It’s here to help you achieve the impossible.  Because we all know that ANYTHING is possible.  Even that first Marathon you’ve been wanting to do for eons. Well here you go.  Here is your ticket to your dreams coming true.  And it all starts now!

The basics, per week:

  • One long run.  I like to save these for Saturday or Sunday morning – see below for increasing distances
  • 6km shorter speed work runs x 1-2/week.  This is your 5km race pace.  Faster than is comfortable.
  • 10km comfortable runs x 3-4/week.
  • Yoga.  Yoga.  Yoga.  As much as your heart can take.
  • Other cross-training activities are great to add in too.  Personally, I kickbox at least once a week, but find it challenging to add in many more whilst in training. Whatever works for you, keep on doing it!

Week 1: September 5-11 (12-14km)

Week 2: September 12-18 (16km)

Week 3: September 19-25 (18km)

Week 4: September 26 – October 2 (21km)

Week 5: October 3-9 (23km)

Week 6: October 10-16 – HALF MARATHON VICTORIA! (21km)

Week 7: October 17-23 (18-20km)

Week 8: October 24-30 (23km)

Week 9: October 31 – November 6 (26km)

Week 10: November 6-13 (28km)

Week 11: November 14-20 (30km)

Week 12: November 21-27 (32km)

Week 13: November 28 – December 4 (16km)

Week 14: December 4-11 (RACE DAY!)

Oh, and another secret of mine to help the dream seem more achievable?  Go out and get yourself a new pair of runners.  Maybe even a new outfit for the race.  Something that makes you feel like sweating your butt off in.  My favourite running gear? lululemon’s Inspire Crop II and a Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Shirt or a Cool Racerback for hot days.  For me, having a brand spanking new pair of runners and a super fast looking outfit makes me feel fast.  Makes me feel strong.  It makes for one step closer to the finish line.

Whatever works, do that.  This works for me.  And you never know until you try.  YOU CAN DO THIS!!  Any questions?  This will be a new tab on the homepage, so ask away!  I’m here to help. I WANT to help.  I want you to achieve the impossible.  That daring dream that has been on your goal list FOREVER?  Lets put a check mark beside it and a permagrin on your face – DONE!

Smile with your heart!  

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  1. I’m in .. Does it matter if I’m a walker and where do I sign up!?

    • Awesome!! You can walk it, no problem! I checked the site – they’re stoked to have you! Click on the link above, and it will take you to the marathon site – then sign up there!! Way to go buddy!

  2. I’m so there!
    Thanks for always trying to inspire people to better themselves and the world! Your positivity and encouragement affects more people than you know. :)

  3. Hey Jenn

    How awesome, this is really inspiring.
    I can’t run currently, but really want to. Just curious, what shoes do u use for running?
    Any suggestions?


    • Hi Kate! I’ve been using the same runners for probably 8 years or so now. It totally depends on your gait and anatomy. My suggestion would be to go to your local running store and have them watch you walk/run and even look at your old runners to determine if you are over-pronating or supinating. Then, they’ll be able to judge what type of support your foot needs. I’m a neutral runner, meaning I don’t have extra support. But that’s just me. And it works :)

  4. I’ll be running my first marathon Dec 3, 2011 so I’ll be doing long runs with you in spirit!!

  5. Hey
    Do you have any idea where you will be staying?
    Also I walked Sabino canyon in tucson last two days.. I have begun!!

  6. I’m with you, Jenn! I’m training for my first marathon – Dallas White Rock on December 4, 2011!

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