Wine and Dine Half Marathon Training Plans

photoThe next runDisney race on the Runs in Tutus itinerary will be the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on Saturday, November 7th. We are really excited to run another Wine and Dine, and I’m especially thrilled that the race now coincides with the beginning of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! I am so excited to experience this ultimate Christmas Disney magic for the first time ever!

With the race quickly approaching, our crew has already started discussing costume ideas, dining reservations and park plans. Sometimes I get so excited about costumes and Disney magic that I forget one of the most important things – TRAINING FOR THE RACE!

For me personally, I’ve run so many half marathons that I can get away with very minimal training. I can always count on being able to finish the race with my average time as long as I do a couple of long runs a month or so before the race. I’ve decided that this year I want to avoid that trend and instead really challenge myself to break through new barriers. This year I will be shooting for a personal record at the Wine and Dine! My ultimate goal is to finish the race in less than two hours (this goal feels so much more attainable after finishing my first full marathon in March).

To hit this personal record, I’ve developed a 16 week training plan that begins the week of July 19th. From now until the first week of training, I’ll be continuing with my regular cross-training, and I’ll be running at least 5 miles a week. Once the plan begins, I will increase my mileage week by week. I plan to run 4 times a week with two days of cross-training and one day of rest.

I’ll be including my typical short runs throughout the week, but to really help with my PR goal, I’ve decided to incorporate some speed-play. I’m going to try a few Fartleks throughout my training to help increase my pace. If you’ve never heard of these, they’re just interval runs where you alternate back and forth between a faster, challenging pace and a slower, easy pace. I plan to alternate between 3 minutes of fast paced running and 2 minutes of slower paced running for my Fartlek runs.

Along with the speed work, I’ve also added a little extra mileage to my training plan to help with my PR. For a half marathon, I usually only run up to 11 or 12 miles before the race. This time, I’m going to try a couple of 14 mile runs to really push my endurance and make the race feel a little easier. I’ll hit the peak of my training the week of October 11th, then I’ll start tapering off the mileage up until the race.

If you’d like to follow along with me to train for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, you can find My Training Plan here. I realize that not everyone has the goal of hitting a personal record, so I’ve also included a Beginner Training Plan. This is more or less the plan I followed for my very first half marathon. With the Beginner Training Plan, I’d just recommend that you keep at least a 15 minute pace for all of your walks or runs. This will help you feel confident on race day, and you’ll be guaranteed to finish without the dreaded balloon ladies sweeping you off the course. Remember, the only thing that will prevent you from finishing that race is skipping your training runs!

Lastly, I just want to touch briefly on the cross-training days. There are so many fun things that you can do for cross-training: ballet, Zumba, weight-lifting, Spin, kayaking, Disney Inspired Workouts, Yoga, etc. Seriously, the wonderful world of cross-training is limitless. During our training journey to the Wine and Dine, our Runs in Tutus crew will definitely be posting about our cross-training adventures. I will also be posting many more Disney themed workouts. We’d love to hear about some of the crazy workouts you try as well!

Alright, Wine-os. Let the training begin! Do you have any specific training plans? Post your comments or questions below.

Hit the running trail and good luck!




  1. […] started our training for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November! Amanda has been following a training plan she created to help reach a personal record at the race, while Melanie and Christine have been following the […]

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