H is for Half marathons

I started running in 2008. But 2011 was the first year that I ever even considered running a Half Marathon and I did 5 that year! Yes, I got hooked.

1st – Naples HM

2nd – Lake George HM

3rd – Adirondack HM

(No photographer at #4)

5th – Santa Clarita HM

 My first one was my most enjoyable and my 5th one, the least. In fact, the 5th one left me wanting a do over! Unfortunately, after the 5th, I broke my ankle, then had a stress fracture so Half Marathon #6 came 16 months later in 2013 and I was just glad to finish.

Sarasota Half Marathon

6th – Sarasota HM

If I stay healthy, I would like to run at least 2 half marathons each year.  Maybe one in the spring and one in the fall.  (There are so many out there that I will probably not repeat one.) There’s one in Portland Maine that looks really fun.  But so far, I am registered for one nearby in October and one in Florida next January.

Why run Half Marathons:

  • It is hard and it gives you tremendous satisfaction when you finish.
  • You get a medal.
  • It motivates you to get out the door and run several times each week.
  • It makes you increase your miles.
  • It gives you an excuse to plan a vacation around a race.
  • You don’t have to be fast.
  • It really is doable (Anyone can! Some even are walker friendly.)
  • The training isn’t as time-consuming as for a marathon.

Some Tips:

  • Get good running shoes
  • Learn to fuel (try different kinds and stick with what works on race day)
  • Hydrate – it may not be important on short runs but it is on long ones – use the water stops during the race
  • Increase your long runs gradually – I usually add one mile each week and stop at 12 – your adrenaline on race day will get you through the last mile
  • However, don’t cheat on long runs – some people can run 8 or 10 mile & are able to do 13 – I wouldn’t recommend it
  • Don’t forget to taper – you don’t want to have tired legs for that important day
  • Dress appropriately – that is for 20 degrees cooler than at the start (so bring throwaway clothing)
  • Wear a GPS when training and for the race – it helps you keep track of time, distance and most importantly pace
  • Start out slow – it will pay off during the second half – you’ll want to be able to run across that finish line and smile!
  • Don’t be embarrassed to take walk breaks – it’s better than hitting a wall at mile 10 or getting injured and having a DNF
  • Enjoy the experience.  Soak up the atmosphere. It is supposed to be fun!
  • If possible, take pictures or buy a race photo – you’ll won’t regret having a visual reminder of the experience
  • http://thekennedyadventures.com/2011/05/10-tips-for-running-a-half-marathon-successfully-top-ten-tuesday/
  • http://www.halfmarathons.net/first-timers-guide.html

Click HERE to read an article about women running half marathons.

Happy Running! Do you run Half Marathons? Do like them?

9 thoughts on “H is for Half marathons

  1. Hi Darlene! Thanks for your post about half marathons! I just started training for one and I have never run one before, so I need all the advice I can get! Love your blog!!



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