If you follow me on snapchat (laurenkay2) or read my original launch post, you probably know by now that I’m training for the Dallas half marathon, that’s coming up here in just another month or so! Training for a half is no small feat, and not just because of the miles you put in. You have to plan for the week: what days can I run this week, what day can I do my long run? You have to be more conscience about the food you’re putting into your body, stay hydrated, get good rest, etc. It’s commitment.
I wanted to share a few basic half marathon training tips with any of ya’ll who are considering doing a half, but don’t know where to start!
- Pick a race. I think this is one of the hardest parts of your whole training. Once you pick a race, sign up, and pay the money…you have no choice now but to train. I picked a race that was in my city but you could also make a trip out of it by googling a location you want to go to! For instance “San Francisco half marathon”.
- Pick a plan. There are tons of half marathon training plans out there, but I personally like Hal Higdon’s training plans the best. The mileage during the weeks is reasonable, and he also stresses the importance of strength training and stretching. That is huge when you’re training for a half because it majorly helps with preventing injuries.
- Find some sort of nutrition supplements that work for you. I personally am obsessed with Advocare products and take Catalyst and drink Spark before every run. Catalyst helps my muscles recover quicker and Spark gives me a major energy boost. I could not do my long runs without these products! (Feel free to e-mail me if you have questions about those!)
- Lastly, take it done day at a time. If you are just starting out, 13.1 miles seems absolutely impossible. But if you just take it one week at a time and stay disciplined, you can totally get there! Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed, just focus on the task in front of you that day.
If you’re not sure whether or not to sign up for a half, start with a smaller race! SIX:02 is hosting its second annual “It’s Your Time” SIX:02 6K at Klyde Warren Park this Saturday, November 14th, which will be a really fun morning for runners, joggers and walkers alike, followed by post-race celebrations like a sweaty-to-ready pampering station and free giveaways! I’ll be there on Saturday for the race and would love for you to come as well! Here’s the link for you to sign up and you can use the code “YOURTIME5” at registration for a discount! I think it’s going to be a blast and I hope to see ya’ll there!