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Help Me Run a Half-Marathon!

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Training Tips from Our Experts

Avoid Injury

Matt Fitzgerald, creator of the FITNESS half-marathon plan and author of Brain Training for Runners: "To avoid injury, include one rest day per week. That day off should follow your longest run."

Do More Than Cardio

Benjamin Hendrickson, trainer at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers in New York City: "There's more to race training than just running. Strengthen your upper body to shift some of the work from your legs to your core and shoulders."

What to Eat

Nancy Clark, RD, author of Nancy Clark's Food Guide for Marathoners: "Before you run, experiment with different combinations of carbs and protein -- such as oatmeal with milk, or toast and eggs -- to see which is easiest to digest. If your stomach starts talking to you mid-run with bloating, gassiness, cramps, or heaviness, you may have eaten too much."

Run for It!

Originally published in FITNESS Magazine, February 2010.


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