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Frequently Asked Questions About Half Marathons

If you're training for a half marathon, you probably have a lot of questions. Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about half marathon running and training.

Should I Eat Before a Run?
Some runners assume they shouldn't eat before running, but you actually should eat before a run to make sure you have enough fuel for your run. Find out when and what to eat before running.

Should I Run Through Pain?
Aches and pains are common, especially if you're training for a long-distance event. Learn how to know when pain signals that you should stop running.

What's the Difference Between Running on a Treadmill and Running Outside?
Is treadmill running easier? Get the answer.

How Long Will It Take Me Run a Half Marathon?
Predicting race times is never an exact science, but you can use a chart or calculator to determine your half marathon time, based on your time from recent race. Here are a few calculators to try.

What If I Have to Take a Break During Training?
Sometimes an illness, an injury, or a hectic schedule prevents us from sticking to our running schedule. Here's how you can handle a break in your training.

Should I Run Every Day?
Many half-marathoners-in-training wonder if they should run every day or take some days off. Get the answer here.

When Should I Replace My Running Shoes?
Get advice on when you should replace your running shoes during half marathon training.

Do I Need to Drink Sport Drinks During My Runs?
Proper hydration for running is essential to safety and performance, but runners need to know when they should consume sports drinks and when plain water will suffice.

Do I Need to Eat During My Runs?
If you're running more than 90 minutes, you need to replace some of the calories you're burning. Follow these guidelines for when, what, and how much to eat.

What Should I Eat After a Run?
Find out what you should be eating after your runs to minimize muscle soreness and maximize recovery.

How Can I Not Feel Hungry all the Time?
It's normal to feel hungry when you start a new exercise regimen or you increase your exercise frequency or intensity. You're burning more calories, so your body needs to take more in. Here are some ways you can avoid feeling hungry, with overindulging.

Why Am I So Tired After Long Runs?
When training for a marathon, is it normal to feel very tired after long runs? Get the answer, and find out how to avoid exhaustion after long runs.

How Can I Predict My Race Times?
Predicting a race time, especially for a long-distance race like a marathon, is tough because there are so many variables. Here's how you can get a rough estimate of your potential.

Should I Carry My Own Fluids or Use Water Stops During a Race?
Is it better to use the water stops on the race course or carry a bottle during my half marathon? Get the pros and cons for both options.

How Can I Avoid and Treat Muscle Cramps?
Get information on how to prevent and treat muscle cramps.

What Type of Socks Should I Run In?
It's important to choose the right running socks for comfort and performance. Here's what you should look for when buying running socks.

How Can I Avoid Going to the Bathroom During Runs?
Some half-marathoners-in-training experience gastrointestinal disorders or diarrhea, also know as "runner's trots", during long runs. Find out what to do if it happens to you and how to avoid it in the first place.

Can I Train for a Race on a Treadmill?
Will you be prepared for a half marathon if most of your training is on the treadmill? Get the answer and advice.

How Long Does It Take to Train for a Half Marathon?
Find out how long you need to train for a half marathon and get half marathon training schedules.

Should I Run a Half Marathon Before Running a Full Marathon?
Should I run a half marathon before attempting to run a full marathon? Get the answer.

How Long is a Half Marathon?
Find out how far a half marathon is and how to train for a half marathon.

6 Commonly-Asked Questions About Half Marathon Racing
Get answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions about running a half marathon.

Can I Run and Train for a Half Marathon?
Is it realistic for a beginner runner to train for and run a half marathon? Get the answer.

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