Expert half marathon training advice.
Getting back into some sort of training regime after Christmas is always hard. Motivation tends to be at an all-time low and with the bad weather and short days, cozy DVD nights in front of the fire tend to be a far more alluring prospect than running in a rain storm with a head torch strapped to your forehead.
Half marathon training is one of the best ways to pull yourself out of this deep dark training-adverse hole, and signing up to an event can give you a new focus.
The half marathon season is just around the corner and with it, it brings a whole host of great events taking place up and down the country that will help you tune-up your running skills, without taking too much out of your legs going into the tri race season.
So unless you have the speed of Mo Farah, the prowess of Alistair Brownlee or the incredible endurance of Chris McCormack, we all have improvements to make. So dig those trainers out from under the sofa, and start clocking up those miles on the road again.
- OUR TOP TIPS:
- Forget the last .1 of a mile at your peril . . . . . A half marathon is 13.1 miles, not 13.
- Don’t wear a brand new pair of trainers on race day unless you have a fetish for blisters and sore feet.
- Remember you’re not a horse at a start gate. Stick to the plan and remember to pace yourself.
- Don’t forget the Vaseline. Your nipples will be forever thankful. Trust us.
- It might be half the distance but it’s certainly not half the effort of a marathon. Don’t be lazy in training unless you want to be ‘that guy’ everyone runs past who has blown up at mile ten.
- WHICH EVENT TO DO?
Choosing an event can be as taxing and as strenuous (mentally of course!) as actually doing the event itself. With literally hundreds of half marathon races across the country to choose from it’s a bit of a minefield. To help you get started we have listed our top 3 must-do spring half-marathon events:
- Bath Half Marathon
This is a cracking event and one of the best in the country. The flat and scenic course is immensely popular with novice and serious runners alike and with plenty of free refreshments, enthusiastic spectator support and an extensive post-event goodie bag, this is an event not to be missed.
More info: http://www.bathhalf.co.uk/
- Leith Hill Half Marathon
Half marathon running doesn’t have to be restricted to the road, so if being covered from head to toe in mud is more your idea of fun, then this race is perfect for you. The course is notoriously hilly and very challenging, so is definitely not for the feint-hearted. Competitors should however take comfort in the fact that all those that finish have a cooked breakfast and plenty of jaffa cakes waiting for them at the finish line to help put some life back in those energy-sapped legs.
- Wilmslow Half Marathon
If smashing your half marathon PB is top of your 2013 to-list, then get yourself signed up to this event, as it offers one of the flattest half marathon courses in the country.
More info: http://www.wilmslowhalfmarathon.org.uk/