Half-Marathon Training

Editor in Chief Betty Wong shares how she started training for her first half marathon (she's done more than 15 now!) and her tips on getting through race day.

I used to hate running. When I was a kid, it was a requirement in gym class. And I just thought it was the most boring thing. But after I had my second child, a friend of mine who also had a baby around the same time I did, got this crazy idea in her head that we would use running to lose our baby weight. So we signed up for a half-marathon about nine months after I had my son. And so we had that goal in our heads and we started training together, and that was my first half-marathon nine months after I had my second child. And I have run now, well over 15 half-marathons, 3 marathons, and I can't imagine going through my workout routine without running now. I love the half-marathon distance because it doesn't really take a ton of training to get ready for your race day. It's generally about 8 weeks and what you really need to keep in mind is that the variables on race day really affect your race. So just see how you feel on the morning of your race. It might be super sunny and you'll be ready for your personal best. Or you might not be feeling it and that's okay because there's always another half that you can sign up for and hit your PR then.