How To Start Training For A Half Marathon

How To Start Training For A Half Marathon

As the race season hots up, plenty of you will run marathons and half-marathons over coming months. We look at how to get started training for a half-marathon.

Assess Your Starting Point

Before you plan your half-marathon training, it makes sense to assess where you’re at. Are you a beginner, building up to running a few miles consistently? Or have you run distance races before?

How Long Have You Got?

Once you’ve made an honest assessment of your starting point, work out how long you’ll need to train for a half-marathon. Take into account building up your weekly long runs, increasing by a mile or two each week, and make sure you build in time for deload weeks.

Pick A Race

So you now have a plan and you know you’ll need 8, 12 or 16 weeks to set aside for training for a half-marathon. Now the fun begins! Why not enter the Windsor Half Marathon Click here for more details

Find A Training Plan

Now you need to find a training plan which will suit your needs and the time you have available. Our website can help you with that, or perhaps you belong to a running club who will be able to assist you with structuring your training.

Check Your Kit

Before you start training for a half-marathon, check that your running shoes and running bras fit well and are not worn and frayed. Your most important bits of kit need to support and cushion you as you put your body through half-marathon training.

Commit To It!

Finally, make the commitment! Tell friends, ¬†start your own blog or online journal or make an announcement on your Facebook page (or ours Running4Women !) If you tell people about your goal, you’re more likely to stick to it. And you’ll have more support, too.

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