10 Tips for Running a Half-Marathon

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:
  1. 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)
  2. Be sure to practice your nutrition prior to race day so you know what works best for you.
  3. 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.
  4. Don't do anything on race day that you have not practiced beforehand (for example: clothing or shoe change)
  5. Go out easy. If you think the pace is too fast, you're probably right.
  6. Make the race as stress free as possible. Get to the starting line in plenty of time, use the restroom early.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Have fun and enjoy the scenery!
  10. 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 kathi@fleetfeetgreensboro.com.
- by Stevven Anderson, winner of the Greensboro Half-Marathon, 2014

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