THE HALF MARATHON IS A FRIENDLY DISTANCE.
Beginners, who have gotten their introduction to road running in a 5-K or 10-K, can look to the half as the next step upward. Experienced runners like half marathons, because racing 13 miles requires somewhat less time commitment than does a full 26-mile marathon. They can recover more rapidly.
Here are some tips to have your best Half-Marathon performance:
- Make sure you are properly trained for the distance (get in a training group or follow some sort of plan to help achieve your goal)
- Be sure to practice your nutrition prior to race day so you know what works best for you.
- Keep properly hydrated/fueled prior to the race. Don't try and chug a lot of water before the race starts, your body won't absorb it and it could cause stomach issues.
- Don't do anything on race day that you have not practiced beforehand (for example: clothing or shoe change)
- Go out easy. If you think the pace is too fast, you're probably right.
- Make the race as stress free as possible. Get to the starting line in plenty of time, use the restroom early.
- Hydrate along the way. A lot of people think that this will slow them down but in reality it does not at all. In fact it will enhance their performance later in the race.
- Break down the race into smaller portions. For example: break it down into two 5 mile runs then a 5k at the end. Have a time goal of where you want to be through the smaller portions.
- Have fun and enjoy the scenery!
- Reward yourself after with your favorite meal or drink.
Interested in becoming part of a training group that will prepare you for this distance? For more information about our training programs, contact Kathi Coldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
- by Stevven Anderson, winner of the Greensboro Half-Marathon, 2014