Post # 1
I’m running my first one in October with my sister and our dad (their first also)… I’ve been training for months, but I’m wondering if there are any tips/suggestions ya’ll have?
I’m worried I’m going to forget something or bonk out halfway through.
Share your stories!!
(Edit: This should probably be under the fitness board, can a mod move it please?)
Post # 3
don’t throw your back out the day before!!
But honesetly, i don’t have advice for the race, because i DID throw my back out the day before so i couldn’t run. Just enjoy yourself and don’t put undue pressure on yourself to finish in a certain time, cause there are always 100 other 1/2 marathons to do in the future.
GOOD LUCK! Promise to recap the race when you’re done 🙂
Post # 4
@o0olibelulao0o:Just follow the schedule, don’t increase by your weekly mileage by more than 10% or you’ll get injured.
Always warm up, cool down, and stretch.
Find a running buddy.
Post # 5
@ScarletBegonia: I’ll definitey re-cap the race… It’s going to be a lot of fun, it will be the first time the 3 of us have all run together, and our first times running 13 miles in general. lol
Post # 6
I try to run a couple of them every year. A great distance because you do have to train. I always like to build up and do at least a couple of 14-15 mile runs before my race. Start your race slow and get faster . . . run what they call a negative split (ie, the second half is faster than the first).
Post # 7
Funny story since you mention it… last one I ran in the first mile everyone ran over a hornets nest, so being in the back of the pack, by the time I ran up to the spot, people were dropping like flies, everyone was taken by surprise, and the hornets were mad as $%$#%. Needless to say- the other 11+ miles were not fun… worst case scenario lol, hope yours goes well.
Post # 8
I have before and I love them! Halfs are definitely my favorite distance 🙂 I lay my things out the night before so that I don’t stress about it the morning of. Also make sure you wake up early enough to eat something before the race, if you have a normal routine that you follow before your long training runs stick to that. Good luck!
Post # 9
Yep! It was such a fun, amazing experience. I’m still proud of myself for doing it and I want to run many more.
I’m not really a runner though, I ran track and cross country in school but I wasn’t ever great. So I was really out of shape when I ran mine (about a year after I had my son) and I really didn’t think I could do it. But I got a crazy adrenaline rush during mile 1 and the first 6 miles felt like nothing! And there are so many people surrounding you, a ton of people cheering you on, its really great. I wish I had that everytime I worked out 🙂
Anyway, on to the tips. Carbs, I had sushi for dinner the night before and it was light enough to where I didn’t feel weighed down (like pasta or something does) but I think I got enough protien in too. Hydrate non-stop for 72 hours before. When you are running, whether you want to slow down to a jog or keep at a steady pace – try not to stop until you are extremely tired. Stopping for me made it worse to start back up. I stopped at mile 9, walked until 10 and made it to the end. Try to look at scenery or have someone to chat with since it can get a little boring haha.
Post # 10
Don’t wear something that will be too warm once you’ve set your pace. Either that or wear something you can discard and won’t mind leaving on the course. Races usually start early in the morning, but by hour two, you’ll be plenty warm!
I generally train with the same soundtrack, but music is important if you get bored running.
You may start out with a LOT of adrenaline, which is bad. It’ll make you want to run faster than you should. Pace yourself, and make sure you take it easy at first and get faster as you go along.
I usually train running about 12 miles up to the week before the race, when I take a break.
Don’t expect to work the next day. 🙂
Plan for a massage or a treat after the race.
Which half are you running? Is it a road course or trail course or mix? Be sure to check out the packet they give you and look at the altitude changes and trails carefully. One half I ran was partly on the beach. That part REALLY sucked!
I always run with a fanny pack. (Surprisingly hard to find now that it isn’t the 90s!) I carry Runners Glide, mole skin, gel packs, and a spare pair of socks. I ran into a puddle unexpectedly once and got TERRIBLE blisters from my wet socks. So now I carry a spare pair.
Post # 11
@MightySapphire: You are clearly not in Texas! We don’t even think about being cold until sometime around Thanksgiving!
Our favorite half marathon is run entirely on the beach . . . headwind one way, tailwind the other. I guess the fact they do a great bbq after adds to the fun.
Post # 12
Hydrate and goo-ify yourself! Most halves offer water at every mile marker or so, but check the course map beforehand to make sure, because if not, you’ll want to bring your own water bottle. Also, some courses offer powerade or gatorade or something, and sometimes it’s best to alternate that with water. (In one race my roommate drank lots of water at every mile, but no gatorade, and wound up in the medical tent afterwards because all the water had essentially flushed out the electrolytes and other things from her system. It was not good.) Obviously, not everyone reacts that way, but you might want to try working gatorade/powerade/whatever into your longer training runs to see how they work for you.
Power goo is also really useful for a lot of people–for me it gives a nice energy boost just when my legs feel like dying. (The first time my running buddy and I tried it, it was like a drug. We ran down the street yelling, “WHEEE!!! We are the best runners ever!”, which is really far from the truth, but it worked so well that we were both borderline delirious about our lack of skills.) I usually eat one at miles 6 and 10, but some people eat one before the race. Just be sure you practice this in a long run BEFORE race day. Some people hate the taste of goo, or it just doesn’t help them at all, and that’s not something you want to learn during the race! And be sure to drink some water right when you eat it. Good luck!!
Post # 13
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Oh man, the farthest I have ever run is a 10k… After doing that Im not sure I could handle a half marathon! Go you!!!! You will do awesome
Post # 14
I agree with @running elley, you need to lay your things out the night before hand. Bring extra safety pins. Pin or strap gu on your belt/shorts/bra strap.
The night before eat healthy, with carbs–nothing too dense. HYDRATE hydrate hydrate!
Drink water, drink gatorade during the race. Bring 1-3 Gu packets.
Bring an extra pair of socks in your after-race bag.
Make sure your love your running socks!
Wear layers that you don’t mind shedding, or that can tie around your waist. Don’t stress out!
Post # 15
@iswimibikeirun: It’s funny you say that because while I’m training in Texas, the race is in Connecticut. 🙂
@MightySapphire: I’m running the Hartford Half in CT, and it’s all road. 🙂
Thanks for all of the tips ladies!
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