Half marathon running

Published on July 27th, 2018 | by Start Fitness




Congratulations, you’ve decided to do a half marathon!

Now, before the little voice in your head starts crying out ‘why on earth did I sign up for this!’ just relax. The half marathon is a perfect distance to make you feel super accomplished without being too taxing on your body. So, here are a few helpful steps to tackling the 13.1 miles…


  1. STEP 1 – PLAN AHEAD: You should give yourself 3-4 months to train before the big day. Life has a habit of throwing obstacles in the way of training so allowing time for off days is important. Also, most training plans assume you can comfortably run 5k so getting to there first is a good start.
  2. STEP 2 – SMALL STEPS: Consistency is key to long distance running. So, tempting as it is, don’t rush into long runs and daily training – you risk injury which will keep you out of action much longer than a rest day. A good training plan will include one long run a week, cross-training, and at least one rest day too.
  3. STEP 3 – GET KITTED OUT: Running is one of the most accessible and inexpensive sports you can do. But never skimp on the right footwear. We’ve offers on all kinds of running shoes for all shapes and sizes of feet. Pick the right pair and your feet (and body) will thank you for it. Make sure you choose a kit you know and trust on race day too – it’s not the time to try out any new footwear, clothes or nutrition.
  4. STEP 4 – FUEL UP: Maximise your race performance by fuelling up with carbs (aim for at least 30g per hour). Try out gels while you’re training to find the one that agrees with you best. If you want to carry a water bottle rather than rely on water stops find out what container is comfortable for you to carry too. You’ll find plenty of options with us.
  5. STEP 5 – REMEMBER THE TAPER: With any good training plan, you’ll see your training tapers off around 2 weeks before race day. The taper helps your body recover, giving you extra performance on race day. And not running the full distance beforehand makes the first time you hit 13.1 miles extra special.
  6. STEP 6 – ENJOY IT: Finishing your first half marathon is an achievement in itself. So don’t watch the clock, just soak up the atmosphere, remember your training, and cross the line with a well-deserved smile.



Half marathon running tips

Written By Start Fitness