Signing up and running your first half marathon can at times be very intimidating. Here are five tips to give you the confidence you need to run your first 13.1 with excitement and ease!
- Sign Up with a Friend – If there’s one thing to learn from Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan’s strategy during the 2016 Olympic Time Trials, it’s that sometimes all you need is your best bud by your side to get you to the finish. Going at it with a sidekick will make the entire event more enjoyable as well as provide you with constant moral support both during training and in the race itself.
- Train Smart – Using a coach or a professional training plan to gear up for the race takes a lot of guess work out of training. It’ll ensure that you are more than ready for the event and take away a lot of pre-race jitters knowing that you’ve done all you can in preparation. Be sure to check out Race 13.1’s FREE training plans to help you get started!
- Do a Trial Run – Before the race, do your last long run in everything you plan on wearing and taking with you for the real deal. Wear the exact shoes, socks, shorts, and shirt. If you plan on carrying water or nutrition, practice eating and drinking the exact amounts that you think you might need for the race to minimize any unforeseen surprises.
- Don’t Set a Goal Time – If you’re someone who tends to put too much pressure on yourself, consider not setting a timed goal for your first half marathon. Yes, having a goal can be very motivating, but sometimes it’s accomplishment just to finish. Not only will it take a lot of pressure off of your performance, but not checking your watch obsessively will also give you a chance to enjoy more of the atmosphere around you.
- Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously – Go out of your way to create great memories for your first race! Wear a costume, take selfies, give spectators high fives on the sidelines. Don’t ever take the fun out of running!
Meet Margaret: Margaret Molteni is a runner who moved to Memphis from Nashville to work as a Recreational Therapist, assisting individuals with disabilities. Outside of work, you can find her training for her next marathon, cooking, blogging, and always eating. For more healthy and delicious recipes or all things running, visit Margaret’s site at www.youngandrungry.com.
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