Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Half Marathon Training Program--For Beginers

This {HALF MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM} by Hal Higdon,  is one that I recommend. It is a 12 week program. I have used it myself for training and felt that it was not too demanding during the week and that the long runs on the weekend progressed slowly enough in the mileage that I always felt like I'd be able to complete the run fairly comfortably.

Before you begin with training for a half marathon you should be able to comfortably run 3 miles at a time, 3-4 times per week.

This program is great because it includes strength training, which is very beneficial when running. Building your muscles through strength training helps increase your physical ability to run long distances. It also helps take some of the pressure off of your knee joints and helps you to avoid injury during training. It can help increase your speed when running and therefore get you to the finishing line quicker!

Be sure to stretch before and after running to help eliminate tightness and soreness in your muscles.  It is much easier to run when your not bothered by a tight or sore muscle.

You should try to find a running partner or even a running group, even if you only run your long runs together. You can push and motivate each other when your having  a difficult time focusing mentally or pushing yourself physically. Those days can happen to everyone once in a while so it's nice to have support there with you.

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