For anyone wanting to get fit through running, training for a half-marathon is absolutely one of the better ways to do it. A half-marathon is enough to be considered a fair challenge, but not so daunting and extreme as a full marathon. Of course, it still requires plenty of persistent training to be able to prepare for it properly, and you will probably find that you can use all the help you can find. In this post, we are going to look at just a few of the things you can consider doing to make training for that first half-marathon a little easier, and improving your likelihood of success on the day itself as a result.
Something that soon becomes clear is that it is nearly impossible to keep up with the training day after day for too long. If you are finding it difficult to keep up your training for that long, you might find that you can gain a little more stamina just by having the occasional cheat day. Put simply, this is a day – usually once a week, probably no more often than that – in which you can eat whatever you want, or at least relax the rules of your diet slightly, and give your body a rest from training. Having ‘cheat days’ when training can really make an enormous difference, as it allows you to refresh and get back to your training with a renewed vigour, which in turn makes it a lot easier to succeed in the way you would like.
If you train in comfortable clothes, you will find that it is much more enjoyable to do so, and that will encourage you to train all the more as a result. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure that you find some comfortable clothes which you can happily train in, as this will really make all the difference in the world. Being comfortable means that you are able to train more easily, without hindrance, and that will also mean that you can get into the right frame of mind when you are actually running the half marathon as well. The more comfortable you are in your training sessions, the better off you will be on the day itself.
HAVING A ROUTINE
You need to figure out a routine which is actually going to work for you personally if you are to make the most of your training sessions, and get to a point where you can comfortably run a half-marathon in time for the event itself. This routine and its details depend entirely on you, and no two people are the same here. But the important thing is that you have a routine which makes sense, which you can adhere to, and which you can change if it comes to it. Get that right, and you will be able to make the most of it. You’ll find that you get a lot more out of it, and that you feel more mentally prepared as well for that half-marathon.