October 2 2017
Coach Hillary Kigar has tips on how new runners can make running fun.
Training for any race can be hard when it comes to life’s distractions. We have families, work, friends, hobbies and more that can all take away from time spent hitting the roads. This is not always a bad thing, but just isn’t optimal when you have a strict training plan to adhere to.
The busier we get, the easier it is to make excuses. We have five tips that you can use to set yourself up for success, all so you can stick to your training and reach your goal to get to that half marathon start line, ready for anything.
Tell everyone who will listen that you are training for a half. The more accountability the better! A little added pressure can be a good thing.
Join a group for long runs. Find your local running club and sign up or check with your local specialty running store if they manage any group runs.
Recruit a friend. They can train with you in person or virtually, to share the experience. Cheer each other on after every run—or even run at the same time in your respective locations! Stretch or sip post-run smoothies together via FaceTime.
Log your runs online. See your progress and miles pile up will be gratifying. You’ll want to hit the roads to keep adding on to your total.
Treat yourself. Give yourself mini rewards after special milestones, e.g., your first run over 10 miles. You can even put a dollar in a jar after every workout. After the race, buy yourself a celebration gift!
Half marathon veterans, what other advice would you give to help runners stick with their training? Tweet us at @WomensRunning with your tips!
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