There are a few key points for beginners to half marathon running training that you may need to know before hitting the asphalt:
- Start training your legs to run for long periods of time. You will likely be running for over two hours and thats
a lot of time just being on your feet, let alone using your calf muscles to continue moving. Start off just running
slowly, for an hour. Then increase the distance and time on your feet as you build up the strength in your legs.
- Have specific goals. Obviously you want to finish the half marathon as fast as you can! But how fast? Also, set goals for yourself in your training schedule. Like “today I want to run for 3 hours, non stop” Having the right goals will motivate you and keep you mentally fit as well as physically.
- Nutrition and Hydration are also important in your training schedule. During your training you should be eating plenty of carbohydrates as these provide your body with the energy to run further, longer. keep hydrated, even if your not thirsty. Drinking lots of water helps the body keep fit and prevents dehydration on long runs.
Half marathons are a good precursor to running a full marathon. If your long term goal is to run a full marathon, training for and completing a half marathon is a very good start! Remember to keep mentally and physically fit and keep your body healthy by eating and drinking right.