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‘How lengthy do I would like to coach for a half marathon?’

By the tip of Might, Bathtub Half Marathon will likely be lower than 20 weeks away, which leads me to reply a typical query ‘how lengthy do I would like to coach for a half marathon?’

With the intention to work out when the most effective time to start out coaching is, I might ask just a few questions:-

  • Are you at the moment working?
  • What number of instances per week are you working?
  • What’s your present health stage?
  • What different types of train do you participate in recurrently?
  • What’s your common run mileage per week?
  • What’s your longest run within the final month?
  • Have you ever skilled any accidents prior to now?
  • Have you ever taken half in Bathtub Half Marathon (or different races) earlier than?
  • What’s your aim for the race?
  • How a lot time are you able to dedicate to coaching in per week?

As I defined in my March weblog put up – the final 6 to eight weeks have been a great alternative to start out your ‘base constructing’ interval – both as a brand new runner, moving into good train habits, or a extra skilled runner utilizing the time to both participate in different races or to take a while away from arduous coaching.

In case you are nonetheless scuffling with getting began – or making an attempt to work out find out how to match coaching in round a busy schedule – it helps to attract out a weekly schedule – which you’ll stick on the fridge – so that everybody in your own home is aware of what you’re doing.  After I first began working – I had to ensure my household knew I wasn’t going to be round at sure instances – working was my ‘me time’ and I made it slot in round household and work life.

Here’s a pattern :-

Add in all the things that’s related – in case you do the college drop off each morning after which go straight to work, it’s no good making an attempt to slot in a morning run – until you’re joyful to stand up at 5:30am and get your run executed earlier than the household wakes up.

When you’ve got a working membership that meets each Tuesday and Thursday – and this helps you keep on monitor together with your coaching – then put that in your schedule.  We aren’t skilled athletes – whose job it’s to point out as much as coaching – we’re ‘On a regular basis Athletes’ that prepare for the enjoyment, motivation, private problem or health points of train.   Coaching for a half marathon – particularly if you’re a brand new runner – does take a sure stage of dedication, and now is an efficient time to construct wholesome habits.

Set your self objectives that you just wish to obtain – for instance if you’re actually new to working – set your self a aim to run (or run/stroll) 5km by the tip of Might.  In case you are an skilled runner – why not problem your self to affix in a Park Run earlier than the tip of Might – make a remark of the time it took you and use that as a benchmark time to examine in on how your coaching is progressing.

If you need some extra particular assist together with your coaching – drop me an electronic mail – I Coach runners of all skills and ages and Bathtub Half Marathon shouldn’t be solely my house race, it’s the race I’ve accomplished probably the most instances (this 12 months would be the 11th time for me).

Angela MacAusland

Run Coach Angela

[email protected]



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