Almost anyone can train to run a half marathon. Unless you are given restrictions from a health professional, running 13.1 miles is an attainable goal. The distance can seem overwhelming to a beginner or non-runner, but it can be done. When I first started on my journey of becoming a runner, my goal was a 5k. A half marathon seemed impossible. With time and training, however, I realized I would be able to conquer 13.1 miles. You can too!
Pick a Training Plan that Work for You
There are numerous half marathon training plans available for free on the internet. They vary in the number of weeks included, how many runs completed, and longest distance. One plan may only take ten weeks while another takes fourteen. Your beginning ability will also determine what mileage you start out at. One of the keys to being successful is finding a plan that works both with your schedule and ability. I began my training with the Couch to 5k. Once I was able to comfortably run that distance, I built up to a 10k. Then I began a plan for 13.1 miles.
Work on Your Technique
Although running is a no-frill sport and very straightforward, it doesn’t mean everyone does it right. Or that there is a right way for everyone. Form and technique play a large role in avoiding injury and performing your best. Finding the right posture, stride, and pace that works for your body is important. Being sure to stretch and adding in cross-training can also make training for a half marathon easier.
Finding the Right Gear
The clothes and shoes you wear can play a huge role in completing a half marathon. Wicking workout apparel and socks can keep your body comfortable and free from friction burns by pushing sweat away from your body. The right shoes, preferably fitted by a specialty run store, can help keep you pain free. Before I upgraded to quality shoes, I experienced intense hip pain while running. After switching to stability shoes, I was able to continue training pain free!
Continuous Running Is Not the Only Option
Completing a half marathon does not always mean running it. Many people train to walk the 13.1 miles. Others may choose to combine walking and running together to reach their goal. Jeff Galloway, a popular past Olympian, has developed a technique that includes both running and walking. His methods have helped many people. Whichever way you choose to cross the finish line of a half marathon is a huge accomplishment!
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