Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tips for Running a Half Marathon

Tips for Running a Half Marathon

Running a half marathon can be a big commitment on anyone's part. After all, you have to train and train well. But if you enjoy running and it is one of your life long dreams to run a half marathon, then it's definitely a goal that is worth pursuing. Here are some steps to help you train for a half marathon so you can get the most out of your run.

1. Plan your goal. Make sure you have a clear goal in mind on what marathon you want to run. Writing it out on paper or typing it out on the computer will work. Be realistic about how to reach your marathon goals. Always stay focused on what direction you want to go.

2. Buy the right stuff. Always make sure that you have the right clothing and equipment to accomplish your goal. This means that you’ll need comfortable running shorts and athletic wear, running shoes, an automatic timer, etc. However, don’t just buy the first thing you see. Instead, research the equipment to make sure that it will meet your goals. In fact, it is pretty easy to search for running supplies on the Internet. Take your time and don’t rush and if you have any questions, feel free to ask for guidance at your local sporting goods store.

3. Know your Limits. We all know that the mind is very powerful. Your mind may be telling you that you can run a half marathon but in actuality, your body may be telling you a totally different story all together. Just realize that you won't be able to just jump into a half marathon and expect to do well if you don’t prepare your body now. You have to build up towards this important goal. A good rule of thumb is to run a couple of miles a day and add to it gradually. Eventually you'll be able to run a half marathon.

4. Stay healthy. Nutrition and hydration is extremely important. By keeping your body nourished in terms of water and food, you will have a better chance of successfully running a half marathon. Always make sure that you drink enough water before running so you won't dehydrate yourself. A good diet of the right amount of foods such as grains, lean proteins and vegetables can be found in most runner diet plans.

5. Practice makes perfect To get a feel of how a half marathon is going to be, it would be best to practice running the distance of a half marathon. Being prepared ahead of time means you'll know what to expect. Ask a friend or family member to time you and then try and beat your score. In no time at all, you’ll meet or exceed your expectations and will be well on your way of making your half marathon goal a reality. Good luck!

Photo: Andy Newson

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