How to Train for a Half Marathon

Learn how to train for a half marathon. A half marathon is an admirable goal, a race long enough that many people wouldn't attempt it yet short enough that it's reachable. If this is something you'd like to accomplish, you have to learn how to run a half marathon.

You'll have to develop a half marathon running schedule that will fit into your daily life, something you will be able to stick to but will help you reach your goals. Before you start actively training for a half-marathon, make sure you have good running base. You should be able to run five miles at a time, several times per week. You should have at least twelve weeks to prepare for a half-marathon, after you've accomplished your base running.

Most days should be moderate, increasing in small amounts weekly. Only one day per week should be a long run; make sure you incorporate a rest day right after your long run to let your body heal. Many runners, especially those training for long-distance events, are reluctant to take days off from their training. Rest is essential to allow your body to repair itself though; don't skip it.

Don't increase your weekly mileage by more than 10 percent. That means if you run 30 miles one week, don't run more than 33 the next. Doing so can cause serious injury to your body, especially your knees. Increase your long runs by just a mile or two at a time and tack on any extra mileage to your moderate runs.

Incorporate some cross-training into your schedule. Not only is cross-training fun and can help keep you feeling motivated, it gives often overlooked supporting muscles a workout. This can increase your strength and speed while racing.

Another thing you can include in your half-marathon training schedule is road races. A 5k or 10k can help you gauge where you're at performance-wise as well as give you a smaller, more attainable goal to reach in the midst of training. 

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