If you're planning to do a half-marathon this summer, that's a great goal! I recently finished the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Half Marathon (time was 1:41), and I can tell you there were runners with all skill levels out there. Here are some training tips, courtesy of Health.com:
- Build a base. Easy runs of 2-5 miles will help you gauge whether you are ready for 13.1 miles.
- Weekends are for long runs. This is where you are going to test your limits with runs of 6-11 miles.
- Don't forget speed and strength. Distance is only a part of the equation. Doing intervals to help with speed and negative split workouts (going faster as you go, instead of slower or steady) will give you that boost you need mid-race to pass a pacer.
Have a great race!
- Dan Mulcahey