If you're training for your first half marathon
, check out these half marathon training tips to get ready for a great race.
1. Wear the right running shoes.
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2. Follow a half marathon training schedule.
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3. Work on proper running form.
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Proper running form is crucial for long distance running because you don’t want to waste energy or risk injury with inefficient or incorrect running form. Focus on staying upright, not slouching, with your head up and level. Keep your shoulders down, with your arms relaxed and at a 90 degree angle. Try to take short, quick steps, and keep your feet low to the ground, to allow you to conserve energy and minimize impact on your legs and joints. Video: Proper Running Form Tips for Proper Running Form
4. Maintain your motivation.
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One of the biggest keys to success for new runners (as well as experienced ones) is staying motivated to maintain a consistent training schedule. There will be days when you don't feel like running and you'll have an excuse
for getting out of your workout. Resist the temptation to skip it, remember your goal of running your half marathon, and get yourself out there running. You'll feel better once you're out there. You may have a bad run every once in a while, but a good one can't be too far off. Plan ways to maintain your motivation, such as treating yourself to new running gear or running in shorter races as part of your training.
Also see: 8 Ways to Enjoy Running and Race More
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Logging miles is obviously an important part of training for a half marathon, but doing too much can lead to injury and overall burnout
. You can also build fitness and reduce injuries with cross training, which is any activity that supplements your running. Strength-training, especially your core and lower body, will help you become more injury-resistant and improve your strength for the long runs. Other excellent cross-training activities for runners include swimming, cycling, elliptical trainer, water running
, yoga, and Pilates.
6. Be prepared for your long runs.
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7. Run with others.
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