Effective Half marathon training
Running a long distance requires both physical and mental health. Therefore, it is important that you put in place effective long term training and nutrition program. If you train effectively, a half marathon can be a lot of fun. If you don’t, it will not be a pleasant experience.
You may be an experienced runner or you may be starting up for the first time, either way you should follow a set process.
Because we now know a lot more about nutrition and effective methods of training, we must pay more attention to what we are doing when we train for a half marathon. Effective training and nutrition can result in a better finish and reduced risk of injury.
The key aspect to running a half marathon is to be motivated. To remain motivated for the duration of the training program, you need to dig deep and discover your main reasons for running the race. Maybe you want to raise money for a cause close to your heart or perhaps you want to push your body to its physical limits. The main thing is your reason for running the half marathon can help carry you through to the end. It is also important to set yourself goals to help you maintain focus and commitment. Consider setting a gradual training program and whenever you reach a key “milestone” give yourself a reward. Or set yourself goals of times to beat or an overall time to complete the race in.
You need to conduct some pre training. This is to prepare your body for when you start the training for the half marathon. It is ideal to be able to run around 20 minutes non stop before conducting the training itself.
A good pair of running shoes is important as is maintaining good hydration at all times.
Eat enough carbohydrates as they provide the glycogen that fuels your muscles and will give you the energy to complete the race. It is also important to rest and not overdo it or injury could occur.
If you can get up to around 11 miles prior to the 13.1 for the half marathon you will be ready. Spend the week prior to the run resting and fueling your body.
Once you set out on the start line you will be glad of the preparation and really enjoy the day!
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