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How long is a half marathon? 5 Tips for your first half marathon

Make sure you have enough time to prepare for a half-marathon before you put your sights on it. Depending on your experience and degree of fitness, the amount of time you'll need to train for a half-marathon (13.1 miles, or 21.1 kilometres) will vary. But you should develop a six to fourteen-week training schedule.

For a half-marathon, it's crucial to prepare properly, especially if you've never run one before. You can't expect to be prepared if you try to fit a lot of training into a short amount of time if you're going from the sofa to the half-marathon.

1. Pick a training programme that works for your lifestyle.

You need to make sure your half marathon training fits into your current life, which may seem counterintuitive. It's true that the ideal strategy might be to stop everything and complete each run on the perfect training schedule. However, this is actuality. Make a plan that you can follow through on. Better than a "perfect" plan executed just partially is a "OK" plan that is carried out entirely.

2. Put distance first.

You must be able to cover distance if you want to finish a half marathon. Although it seems clear, many people cut corners with their mileage. Every week, you should run a long distance (gradually increasing in length), in addition to a midweek distance run of at least 10 kilometres.

3. Remain resilient.

Strength training may not seem like it would fit into a half marathon training schedule, but it is crucial. Strength training will help you prevent injuries, maintain you jogging at a faster speed, and support your legs, hips, and back. For the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and core, 1-2 quick, easy strength training each week will do wonders. Try bodyweight exercises like planks, lunges, glute bridges, and bodyweight squats.

4. Avoid being a one-trick pony.

Half marathon training comes with a danger: the chance of settling into a steady pace and staying there. Maintaining the capacity to pick up the tempo when it matters is important. Add a pace and speed workout run in the middle of the week.

5. More sleep.

Your energy levels will be significantly affected by half-marathon training. And if you lead a hectic, stressful life—and who doesn't?—this will be even more apparent. You definitely must take rest and recuperation seriously if you're training for a half marathon while also working, commuting, raising children, serving as a mom-taxi, managing a business (etc.), etc. Start retiring earlier (even half an hour counts). Cool and darken your bedroom. Bedrooms don't have phones. Avoid watching one more Netflix programme or late-night online browsing. Sleep is very important.

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