Half Marathon Training Schedule

Half Marathon Training - 5 Golden Rules

Despite the impression its name gives, a half marathon isn’t just a warm up for the main event – the marathon. It’s a huge challenge in itself and something not to be taken lightly.

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Throughout your half marathon training you’re going to need to build up to running 13.1 miles without rest and that’s no easy task.

So give it the respect it deserves and follow these 5 golden rules...

#1  Give Your Body An Overhaul

Go your doctor or a registered physio for a check up before you start. Try getting to bed earlier at night and watching your diet, start to get more active overall... find ways to add more activity in to your life.

#2  Follow A Plan

Any good quality half marathon training schedule should contain the proper level of progression and enough rest days to allow for full recovery. Stick to your plan as much as you can but don’t be afraid to take the additional rest days if you really need them.

Also you’ll have days where you feel like doing more than your schedule suggests, I would ignore your urge to clock up more miles as it's far better to work comfortably within your capabilities when you can than to push yourself constantly.

#3  Sign Yourself Up For A Couple Of Races

Instead of waiting until the day of your big race to experience the thrill and rush of race day, why not assist your preparations by booking yourself on to a 5k, and then a 10k or 2. Doing this also helps to give you a couple of mini targets to hit along the way.

#4  Don’t Forget About Rest Days

Allowing your body enough rest between runs is critical to your success. Keep pushing yourself without sufficient recovery is a sure fire recipe for disaster. You'll feel run down, be susceptible to any bugs going and be way more likely to get struck by niggling injuries.

It’s a great thing to be focussed and committed to your training, but you do have to be mature enough to sometimes say, ‘you know what I’m really tired today, I’m not going to run.’ Just make sure it’s your body telling you and not your heart.

#5  Add In Some Speed

Yes the half marathon is a long and steady run and yes, you’ll need to do your fair share or this type of training. However you’ll make much quicker progress if you add in some speed sessions to your plan. Speed work helps to improve the strength and power in your legs and to improve your aerobic capacity.

Ignore the discomfort you feel on your challenging days. Don’t think about how far you still have to go. Think of it as how much closer you are getting to your goal. Remember half marathon training isn’t a walk in the park, there is always going to be times when you need to call upon your inner strength to carry you through.

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