Half marathon’s are a fun and achievable race for all types of runner to not just enter and finish, but also to test themselves against. Unlike the marathon which requires months of hard effort and intense training from even the most seasoned athletes, you will find that a short but well sustained training block will see you to a good time in the half! Allow us to talk you through some of the do’s and don’t’s of how to train for a half marathon.
When training for a half marathon, especially if you have not run one before, it is important to start training steadily. It’s tempting to crack on with the 13.1 miles straight away but beginning with low amounts of mileage, you should gradually build up to the 13 miles. This will give you a good ground level of fitness, whilst also avoiding injuries and risking the chance of burnout.
With the first few weeks of training, it is all about getting used to running regularly throughout the week. Try to run at least five times a week and before long, you will get into a rhythm. Aim for between 3-6 miles each time but never go beyond this, unless you are feeling very comfortable. Your current training run is just as important as your previous and next run, so you want to leave something in the tank! Adding at least one interval session each week where you include bursts of 30 seconds fast and 60 seconds jogging, for example, will give you good variation whilst testing lung capacity at threshold and strengthening leg muscles.