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Running a ½ Marathon – An Optimist’s Guide for the Impatient and Ill-Prepared, Part II

Training is all about gradually increasing your endurance over time, right? Now that you’ve picked a half marathon to run, and have probably run no more than 2.5 miles at once in recent memory, this would be a great time to test your mettle, drop everything, and go for an eight mile run. Cold!

Yes, you’ll be dizzy every time you stand up for the next two days, yes, you’ll have to slide down the stairs on your bum because your legs are so sore. Would you rather do it the “normal” way?

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Running a ½ Marathon – An Optimist’s Guide for the Impatient and Ill-Prepared, Part I

Running a half marathon is not something to be taken lightly. Granted, 13.1 miles is significantly less frightening than 26.2 – but it’s still something the body needs time to prepare for, physically and psychologically. There are many excellent training manuals available online – I personally am fond of Hal Higdon’s plan. Higdon provides several training modules, for beginning, intermediate and advanced runners. A beginner’s training schedule begins twelve weeks out from race day; three full months to work your heart, lungs, legs and brain into peak performance.

Therefore, the first step for the optimistic, impatient, and ill-prepared, is to pick a half-marathon, and commit to it – with no more than five weeks to train, max. Come on, who doesn’t love a challenge?

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