Half Marathon Training: Accomplishing Your Goals
In order to be successful at your half marathon training and fully prepared to compete that upcoming 13.1 mile event that you have committed yourself to, you will want to make daily efforts to stick with your training. With most training programs and schedules that you may be following a typical schedule may have you actually running about three or four times per week with multiple shorter runs followed by a weekly longer run. The distance for these training sessions will generally grow every week or two, and so you really do want to stick with the schedule you have committed to if you want to be fully prepared. Of course, that sounds easier than it is.
So just how can you find that motivation to get out there and run according to your training schedule each day? Many people find that they are more successful in sticking to their efforts when they have either a club they are running with or otherwise a partner or buddy. Simply knowing that someone is expecting you to get out there or even depending on you so they, too, can meet their training goals is an excellent motivation in and of itself. It can also help to give some thought to how putting off a run when following a progressive training schedule such as you are following can throw your training off for several weeks to come. This progressive training is critical not just for ensuring you can actually run that distance but also for keeping you safe from injuries, too.
Many people struggle with finding the motivation to get out there and run, but others struggle with finding the time in their busy schedule to run regularly. Consider that the shorter training sessions are generally only about twenty to forty-five minutes in length, and also consider that even the longer runs will not take up too much of your time each week until you get about halfway through your training and your runs start to last more than an hour or so. Simply blocking off time on your schedule and fully committing to this training can help you find the time to get it done.