I Want to Run a Half Marathon!

I’m a huge believer in the power of writing down goals to increase the chances of making them happen. It’s my way of telling the universe (and myself) ‘Hey! I reallly want to do this!’

One of my big goals is to run a half marathon! There are so many reasons I need/must/HAVE to do this:

  1. To become a better runner – I’d describe my current running level as…hmmm how to put this…well….. below average! I’m the kind of runner who can run a little but will soon be bright red out of breath and desperate to stop!
  2. To be challenged – I’m such a beginner runner at the moment so running a half marathon would be a massive achievement for me. It will be great to work towards a goal and improve week on week.
  3. It’s on my bucket list to run the London Marathon (26.2 miles!) one day but to achieve this I need to test and challenge myself with a half marathon first.
  4. I need a personal focus – not work related or to do with other people. A goal that’s focused on me improving myself.
  5. To get in better shape – This goal will motivate me to go to the gym more and as a result, my fitness will improve and my body! Major plus!

When I realised how much I want to take this challenge on I started to look into how I’m going to achieve what for me is a mammoth task. The first thing to figure out was when am I going to do this? Well, it just so happens that every year there’s a half marathon in my city. It next takes place in March 2018. Although that’s 10 months away it feels like a realistic goal because I know it will take a lot of hard work and training for me to run 13.1 miles!

The next part of the plan is to get training! Has anyone run a half marathon before or know any good running training tips? I’d love to hear in the comments!




  1. 21st May 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Go for it. Good luck with the training. <3

  2. 21st May 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Great decision! What type of half are you looking at? Trail, road, big city, flat, scenic, iconic, hilly or flat? That’s possibly the most important choice to make at first. Other than that, I’d say aim at finding a great group of runners with whom you can share some runs. A supportive environment helps so much and really doesn’t deter from doing it for yourself!

    • Tracey Dean
      22nd May 2017 / 9:05 am

      Hi Sophie, It;s going to be through a town centre on the road and will be flat. That’s such a great idea about training with others. I’ll have to find a running group. Thanks for your help 🙂

  3. 28th May 2017 / 10:35 pm

    That is awesome! Running distance races has created many of the best experiences in my life (and I by no means “race” them, I am definitely a middle of the pack runner, haha). I am constantly inspired by the people I meet at races and just love the running community! I am a firm believer that any runner, no matter how fast or slow, can complete a half! I would start by finding a 12-16 week plan and knowing that consistency is key with those runs. Good luck, I hope you love it!! 🙂

    • Tracey Dean
      29th May 2017 / 9:52 am

      Thanks so much for your comment! It’s great to hear how amazing your running experiences have been 🙂 I can’t wait to meet the running community!

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