Tackling a half marathon is a challenge suited to those with just a few short distance races under their belts and those looking towards completing a full marathon later in the year. Here are RW readers most frequently-asked questions, answered by international coach Nick Anderson.
Definitely! Practice run-walking three or four times a week in training and the walks will become shorter and the runs much longer.
Keep things moving along at conversational pace and set yourself realistic goals, related to time on your feet and the length of your runs.
Fitness comes with patience and frequency of running, not sudden changes in routine.
It is definitely not too soon. Once you can run easily or run/walk for 30 minutes, I believe you are ready to start training for your half debut. Set yourself some achievable targets along the way as practice and to help with confidence – maybe a 5K race early on, followed by a 10K or two a month or so later.
Finally, consider putting in a 15km race as your long run two or three weeks before the big day. This will really boost your confidence.
Remember to run frequently, rest when your schedule says to or when you’re tired, eat and drink well and surround yourself with positive people.
Do you need to run more than 20km in training? Do you know how to fuel up to run? Click “Next” to find out more beginners training tips & race day advice.