10 Week Half Marathon Training Plans

Whether this is your first half marathon or you're looking to set a new personal record, our 10 week training programs, designed by Coach K are your guide to getting stronger, faster and ready for the best day of your year. 


Beginner Training Plan

Perfect for first timers, or those looking to make the finish line with a smile on their face

'Get Faster' Training Plan

Perfect for those looking to build some speed, or set a new PR this spring. The right amount of tough.


Your DSMWHM Coach


Coach Mandi Kowal aka "Coach K"

Coach Mandi Kowal, based out of Eastern Iowa, brings 31 years of coaching experience to our team. Certified as a coach in rowing, triathlon, cycling and swimming, Coach K is a modern renaissance woman! Responsible for the success of athletes at the regional, national and world level, she is on the DSMWHM team to make sure that every woman (willing) has access to proper training support and professional insight, to accomplished their goals on race day. 

In addition to writing our 10 week training plans, Coach K will give tips via our social media feed, can respond to questions submitted on our contact page, and will be at the race to help get you through your DSMWHM journey! 


Train. Together. 

Get connected to women in your community as you exercise toward a common goal. 

Waukee + Healthy Living Center (Clive) YMCA: 

Join us. Empower yourself. Empower others with your support. This group is open to all paces, novice to seasoned runners, all ages, women and men. We’re here to support you in your training—to empower YOU to reach YOUR goal.

Group Meets Tuesdays, Thursdays + Saturdays. 


Do you have a group that meets to train for the Des Moines Women's Half?

If so, we'd love to know! Drop us a line here.