Run For Fitness – 3 Important Half Marathon Training Tips

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Half marathon training tips focus on improving the efficiency with which you complete your workouts. Although it isn’t always necessary to complete an actual half-marathon, they are good for building up endurance and helping you determine how far you’ve gone. It’s important to get these running half marathon training tips before you begin training because you don’t want to feel as though you’re being stretched too thin by beginning your training too soon. By running slowly and efficiently throughout your workouts, you will ensure that you are ready when the time comes to race. A half-marathon is designed for runners who are in good shape and are in reasonably good physical condition. These guidelines will help you make sure that you are ready to go when you start your training.

Long Runs

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The most important to half marathon training are your long runs, increasing in length each week. Ideally, over 12 weeks, your longest long run should increase from half a marathon to about 12 miles. Your longest run can either be a long road or a track run, so try to pick a route that is both interesting and challenging, as both types will be beneficial during training.


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Selecting the right running shoes is perhaps the most important aspect of your half marathon training program. Different shoes have different promotion support. For faster runners, flat shoes will provide the best balance between cushioning and shock absorption. Support is also more efficient when choosing running shoes for the half-marathon; support is less efficient when running on a level surface. This is why flat shoes are typically used for recreational runners.

Halters And Wraps

One of the most common mistakes in half marathons is wearing tight-fitting clothing. Wearing a tight body shirt can interfere with breathing and cause blisters on your feet. To avoid this, choose a race jersey that is mid-calf length and invest in a quality cotton sock pair.

Post-Run Party

After a hard training session, your body needs a recovery period. It’s not uncommon for athletes to suffer from a pulled hamstrings, Achilles tendonitis, or dehydration after an intense training session. During this recovery period, it’s important to have a chat with friends and family. Discussing race day strategies and injuries is also a good idea. I enjoy following the advice of fellow half marathoners who are itching to get out there and do some road racing!


After a hard training session, many runners feel like they’ve run a half marathon and don’t want to get out there. I encourage you to re-train once a month or so if you feel like you need a little rest. It will give you the extra boost you need to push yourself over the next few weeks to complete the half marathon distance.

View Plan Preview

Some half marathoners prefer to use a detailed view plan preview before leaving the hotel for a race. I find this highly useful because it allows me to focus on what I need to do before race morning without worrying about what other people are doing. I view the plan and know exactly where I need to be every step of the way. Having this type of pre-race plan can help you get ready for your race easily.


As a final word, I’d like to share some finishing touches to your half marathon training with you. It’s important to wear proper running gear when racing. I find that proper shoes are essential as I tend to run in them for the first hour or two of the race. If you feel that you’re not in the best shape right now or haven’t had a chance to stretch out and warm up, I suggest taking advantage of those two things before race day. Start with some easy, long-distance easy runs around the blocks and build up to longer and steeper runs as the race day approaches.

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