Effective tips for training for a half-marathon

So you’ve competed in a 10k event and are now looking forward to the challenge of a half-marathon? Good for you! The half marathon is no cup of coffee. It’s quite a distance to pose a challenge, and the training required will require your utmost focus and determination.

Martin Folse
Martin Folse

The following are some effective tips that will enable you enjoy and complete your first half marathon race.

Baseline performance

Google a training plan for a half marathon and you will very likely access material that puts the standard training period at 12 to 16 weeks. If you haven’t been competing long distance for long, you’ll know that training for a half marathon is subjective. How long it takes to get in shape will vary from one person to another.

However, if you want to peg your training period to the range above, you want to build your baseline performance. On a weekly basis, aim to run no less than 5 miles at every instance. Anything less and training for a half marathon will be overwhelming. A solid base ensures that you can meet the demands of the training regimen.

Effective plan

You want a training plan that spans a period longer than 12 weeks, especially if this is your first half marathon. Such a period gives your body the ability to adapt to the demands of the race.

Different plans have different workout routines, so study each plan carefully before you settle on one. Ensure the plan doesn’t conflict with your work or family time. Also, find a plan that meets your fitness level.

Martin Folse is no stranger to competing in long-distance track events, having being a top athlete on his high school track team. An alumnus of Vandebilt Catholic High School, he was the last four sports letterman to graduate from the school.

Is hard work worth it?

With a lot of interaction happening on social media these days, it has been easy for previously guarded personalities to share the secrets of their success. Indeed, it seems like many entrepreneurs – those who’ve established multi-million dollar enterprises – have their unique “tips” and “advice” on how to work hard and smart, which is sometimes contrary to what most people have been brought up knowing.

Martin Folse
Martin Folse

Many of these nuggets of advice seem to advocate against the conventional 24/7, 40-plus-hour work week that we all know. No doubt, during the early years of their businesses, such entrepreneurs adhered to tiring schedules and committed most of their waking hours to growing the business.

So why the new advice about taking it easy from entrepreneurs who have already achieved their dreams? Something doesn’t seem right. This new approach to working eschews the determination and ceaseless effort necessary to make things happen.

Certainly, it might be the case that some of these entrepreneurs have started to let the foot off the gas pedal a little. With companies worth billions and located in several countries, they have every right to do so. It also makes sense that as we age and settle down, a 60-hour work week might not be sustainable.

Having seen firsthand the rewards of putting in the work and focusing on my goals, I can honestly say that hard work has no substitute. I don’t think many of these successful businesspeople have achieved success by having a casual attitude to work. Perhaps their take on hard work is akin to a parent’s view of elementary school grades – one wonders why it was so stressful.

Don’t be fooled by the retrospective advice. Roll up your sleeves and get to it.

Martin Folse is a successful television owner who understands the meaning of hard work and knows it is the best way to accomplish anything in life.