Stepping up to the half marathon can be a daunting challenge. Here are three key elements you can work on to help you meet that challenge and achieve your goal.
You’ve done a handful of 5K and 10K races. You’ve heard your friends and every magazine out there tell you how fun and manageable a half marathon is. You are ready for a new challenge, and the half marathon is the next logical step. Despite all of this you’re still nervous, and I don’t blame you!
While I am here to tell you the half marathon is not an impossible distance, you should not step on the starting line without making sure you are fully prepped to take on the day. Like anything, there are a million and one ways to get from point A to point B.
That said, if I could emphasize one thing in the half marathon it is the art of pacing. The half marathon is a distance that unlike shorter distances requires you to be very pace conscious. If you go out too fast in a 5K you can usually muscle through a painful last half mile (and that is usually all you will have to muscle through). If you go out too fast in the half marathon you could be suffering for a long, long time.
Here are three fundamentals to incorporate into your marathon plan that focus on the specific requirement of sustained and controlled pacing for this long distance event. Be sure to include these workout types in your half marathon training to hit the start and finish line strong: