Have you ever dreamed of how you can run a marathon? Do you feel as though you have a solid running foundation but don't feel up to being able to run a marathon? Have you ever run 5k races?
These are the exact reasons I decided that this year was my year for running my first half marathon race.
If you are considering a fun run, here are a few key running tips to help you along your training week schedules.
Run a few races to gain confidence and experience.
If you've never ran a 5k race, 10k race, or a relayed race consider seeking out local races or fun run races you can participate in. These races will give you race experience as well as help you gain confidence in your running, and experience in how races are conducted. Even if you have run fun run races in the past, using several shorter races for your training program is a wonderful idea as long as the race is not too close to when you run your half marathon race.
Make sure you are training to run the half marathon.
I've seen a few runners enter a race because they used to run in high school and think they can step up to the start line and run the distance of the half marathon. Although this may be true of some runners, most people cannot run a race successfully that is a half marathon without conditioning their bodies. If you decide to run make sure you have training week schedules that keep your body moving and building endurance for your run.
Increase your speed and distance as you continue your training program.
Running a half marathon means that you should be comfortably able to run a good distance of 13.1 miles. Most runners should setup a training week schedule that includes a slow increase in either distance or speed. Alternating your training weeks to speed or distance is a wonderful running tip.
Monitor your diet, not just exercise.
As you continue preparing for the half marathon and later to run a marathon, you need to understand that a nutritionally sound diet is important. Make sure you are getting a well-balance diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and hydration.
Stretch & Hydrate.
Sounds a bit fundamental, but to run a marathon or half marathon it is important to keep your body stretched to avoid injury. Hydration during your training is important to keep your body cooled. Make sure that you increase your hydration on days that you run to replace hydration that was lost during your workouts.
Tips & Warnings
- Have fun and enjoy the race! Racing is addicting.
- Never over-train. Make sure you allow for rest days in between hard runs to avoid the possibility of physical injury.
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