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Beginners’ Training for a Half Marathon Run

Running a half marathon is a challenge for many people and a lot of them are taking this challenge. It is quite intimidating for some people who do not really run on a regular basis. This half marathon can be completed by anyone, even beginners. This can be done by people who cannot run far before training. This is one of the appeals of the sports and is the reason why it is so popular. However, joining this half marathon means that you need to do some basic training so that you can get your basic right and you need to select a suitable training schedule that is designed for beginners.

There are many plans and schedules for half marathons online and in running magazines although most of these are designed for fit runners and not so much for beginners. The are especially designed half marathons for those who are already runners. If you are not really a runner then you might find it difficult to complete the full training program. But training is important since every session that you complete including rest days will be repaid to your on race day.

If you are to join a half marathon, then you need to be able to at least run of job for 20 minutes nonstop without walking. If you are not able to do that, then a standard schedule is appropriate. If you are not able to run for a certain period of time then you need a schedule designed for beginner.

The duration of most scheduled training is between 12 and 16 weeks. The distance you run will be gradually built up if you are attending a schedule for beginners. A combination of running and walking is how you most people will be able to manage during a race. You will be able to get ready for your race distance of 13.1 miles even if you use the combination of walking and running

The first third of beginners’ training will involve a lot of rest days and short runs that will gradually get longer. The distances will get longer during the second third of the training plan. You will also be encouraged to run faster. Speed work is good for building the strength of the legs, something which will help you on race day, even while running slowly.

The final third will involve a tapering phase where the length of runs decrease. In this stage you should already be in peak fitness and the key is to make sure that your energy levels and strength are maximized for race day.

Completing the half marathon training will prepare you then for running the real race since you will be fitter and ready. Finishing the race and achieving you goals is your ultimate objectives for this race and not breaking any records.
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