5 Race Training Tips from a Half-Marathon Newbie

The race is selected, the registration is paid, and the training has begun! Although May seems very far away (especially since there are still mountains of snow everywhere) I have been working my way through a half-marathon training plan for the past 6 weeks. Completing a handful of races in the past has given me a bit of insight on how to prepare for my first half-marathon, so I thought it was only fair to share my knowledge with you! :)

1. Find a plan that works for you.

Half Marathon training Plan I’ve heard of people who are okay with ‘winging’ their first 13.1 mile race, but my past Girl Guiding taught me to always be prepared. The Toronto Women’s Run Series (the race I am running) website provides a few different training plans; I chose to go with a 17-week intermediate plan. I tacked mine on my cork-board in plain sight, and reward myself with a sticker each week :) Cool Running and Hal Higdon’s websites also provide training plans you can print off for free.

2. Figure out how to fit your runs into your week.

Once you get training, you’ll begin to get a sense of how long each run distance will take you. Considering stretching and showering as well, I have devised this scientific formula to help you schedule your runs with ease:

Training Run= {distance x pace} + stretching + shower

Once you figure out how much time you need, you can decide how to fit runs into your schedule. Personally, I run in the morning before work; it’s a great start to my day!

3. Load Your iPod

Run Keeper I’m a bit all over the place when it comes to music and running. Some days I run without music, and others the tunes help drive the workout! On longer runs, I prefer to run with a friend (Hi, Liz!), or listening to podcasts and audiobooks. Ultimately, you should do what works for you! I’m also a big fan of the free app RunKeeper to keep track of my distance, time, and pace!

4. Fuel Up!

There’s a lot of conflicting information about what, when, and why to fuel for your runs. The rule-of-thumb that makes most sense for me is: drink water and eat something before, (during, sometimes), and after you run. This, of course, depends on the time of day, distance of the run, and even what you ate the day before! I can’t tell you exactly what or how much you should eat; that’s your body’s job. Listen to it and you will go far!

5. Be flexible and have fun.

Suzanne Running

Even if you are following a training plan, realize that it’s not set in stone. Illnesses, risky weather, and life events happen that might make you have to shift your training around a bit. Don’t fret if you miss a run, or simply don’t feel like putting on your sneakers that day. Once training becomes a chore, you’re likely to lose your motivation, too. Everything will turn out as it’s supposed to in the end :)

Disclaimer: I am not an expert, all information here is based on my own experience. Please consult your healthcare provider before staring any new fitness regimen.

Question of the Day: Are you training for a race? Would you like to run an organized race this year (first time, or not)?

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About Suzanne Poldon

runs on plants. eats out of mason jars. bends like a straw.

11. March 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
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