Hey running friends! I have owed you this post for quite a while now! I’m sorry it took me so long to get it posted. If you’ve been following along, then you have seen my post on how to run a marathon. I had a few requests for a post on how to run a half marathon (13.1 miles), so here we go!
In my opinion, half marathons are a great distance to run! They’re long enough that you have to train, but not so long that you run the risk (pun intended!!) of getting burned out. At the beginning of 2017, I’m running the Chevron Houston Half Marathon. Oakley is running the full marathon and I’m so, so, sooo excited for him! I wanted to make sure I got to see him cross the finish line, so I opted for the half. And honestly, I’m a-okay with that – I love half marathons!
the training plans
There are many different ways that people train to run a half marathon. Some people don’t need to train as much as others. I am 100% a runner who needs to train for anything longer than a 10K – ha! Here are a few training plans depending on how much time you have to train:
Similarly as training for a marathon, it’s very important to allow plenty of time for recovery. For a half marathon, it’s common to train up to 9-11 miles. If you’re a new runner, you don’t want to exceed this mileage, as you can potentially injure yourself. You want your maximum mileage to be accomplished on race day, at least when it comes to running.
As I said earlier, this is how I would personally suggest training for a half marathon. There are plenty of different options depending on how much time you have to train and what your skill level is. If you have any questions on other training options, please feel free to comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to get running!
Lots of love – ked