Advice, Guides & Inspiration

Half Marathon Training

Running Tips & Some Things to Know

1. Finding a Half Marathon Training Plan is a good first step

With a pretty quick Google search you should be able to find yourself a Half Marathon training plan that suits you. Best to choose one that fits your current level of fitness and one that will work around the rest of your life. That way you’re most likely to actually follow it and end up crossing the finish line.

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2. You don’t need to follow it to the last letter

A Half Marathon Training Plan can be useful as a guide. You don’t need to do each element and feel guilty if you don’t manage. A training plan should help monitor your progress and motivate you to carry on with your fitness training, but you can use it relatively flexibly. At the end of the day, Half Marathon training should be fun (at least some of the time).

3. Find a Running Group or partner

If you’re not feeling that motivated, think about finding a running group. If there’s someone to let down, you’re much less likely to skip runs and more likely to stick to your running training plan. Plus, for the slower paced runs it’ll give you someone to chat to.

4. Listen to running music or a podcast when training

As long as you are careful of cars when road-running, listening to something can make all the difference when training for your Half Marathon. A great playlist with running music can really energise you, and a podcast can make you feel doubly productive. If you go one step further and do work-related listening, you are barely sacrificing anything at all when going out for pretty time consuming runs.

5. Interval Training is great

When you’re bored of long runs and the same running exercises, interval training can be a great break. It’s also a great method of really productive fitness training. It might be tough, but it’ll help the most with your future running progress. When you run faster and further as a result, hopefully you’ll motivate yourself that little bit more.

6. You don’t need to do the whole distance in training

The first time you manage the entire half marathon distance can absolutely be as you cross the actual running event finish line. You definitely don’t need to have run the whole 13.1 miles in training. Since most people will probably comfortably finish having only run 10–11 miles in training, you don’t need to worry at all.

7. Remember the medal

There will be nothing like the feeling of finishing your (particularly first) Half Marathon and getting your medal. Meeting fitness goals, and achieving something completely new, even if it’s a personal best, feels great. Hopefully you’ll look back to the time when you read up about ‘How To Train For A Half Marathon’ and log back on to Let’s Do This to book your next distance running event.