Lose Weight And Run A Half Marathon With This Training Plan

The Half Marathon Training Plan

Not sure if you can train for a half and reach a healthy weight at the same time? I’m living proof it’s more than possible! Growing up, I was always an overweight child. In my mind, my body wasn’t what a “runner” looked like, so I never tried. I adopted unhealthy habits as a teenager, which led me to a dark place in my 20s.

In 2012, I attended the Rock ‘n’ Roll Vegas Marathon expo for my job. I was shocked: There were all different kinds of people getting ready to race. I realized that a runner’s body type doesn’t exist. I could be one of these runners! Almost immediately, I registered for a half marathon. I started walk/running—building my distance slowly, while incorporating weight lifting, spin classes and yoga.

As I grew stronger, I felt I was pushing through barriers. The moment I crossed that finish line was such a moving experience. Over the course of 18 months and two half marathons, I lost 100 pounds and gained incredible confidence. For the first time in my life, I was able to call myself an athlete. I recognized that I’m here on this earth not to fit in and sit back—but to stand out and change people’s lives for the better. There’s no better feeling in the world.

—Rachel Baer