You committed to running a half marathon...now you need to perform…where do you start? Right here! I’ve been there, a little overwhelmed by what you just got yourself into and totally confused as to how your going to pull it off. Don’t worry it can be fun…hopefully my half marathon training plan makes it a little less intimidating and more enjoyable (yes running can be enjoyable when you train properly)!
A Few Suggestions:
It is ok to take walk breaks if you need to – listen to your body *
Keep a running journal/log. This is not necessary, but keeps you aware of how your body is adapting to your training.
Make sure you fuel yourself properly while learning to run longer distances. For runs under 60 minutes you should be ok with just water. For runs longer than 60 minutes – which many of yours will be. Your body is going to need carbohydrates to break down into glycogen so your muscles will have continuous fuel to keep you from hitting the wall. Try Gu’s, gummy bears, licorice, or dried fruit.
Always carry enough water… or you can try to talk your partner into meeting you at certain points throughout your long run to bring you water (I did this and it was really nice to see a familiar face after running alone for what seemed like hours).
ALWAYS begin with a warm up, I suggest a 5 minute walk before you begin your run. And ALWAYS cool down, 5 minute walk then STRETCH. Trust me it is worth the extra minutes.