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.