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Training Guide: Running a Half-Marathon

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Race-Day Tips from the Pros

Find the drive to go the distance with these tips from marathon veterans:

Just show up.

"I never think 'all or nothing,'" says three-time MORE Marathon winner Susan Loken. "If I'm not motivated to do an entire workout, I'll do a quick four-mile run and I still feel like I've accomplished something. Even better, nine out of 10 times, I end up going the whole distance."

Keep your eyes on the prize.

"When I go through a bad patch in training, I refocus on my goals and remind myself that it's worth it," says Kara Goucher, who placed third in the 2008 ING New York City Marathon with the fastest-ever marathon debut by an American woman. "If you can push through those times once, you'll know you can do it again."

Seek out inspiration.

"I pick up page-turner books about amazing physical feats like swimming across the English Channel," says Tera Moody, who finished fifth in the women's marathon at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. After that, my training simply doesn't seem so bad!"

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pangomax1 wrote:

Well this is good except I was looking for a training schedule to embrace running... the one you provide does nothing for me... it goes from run/walking to running 2 miles in one week...shoot, I have been run/walking 5 miles for a while and still can't "run" longer than 5 minutes at a time within that framework...was looking for ways to improve but I guess I will just keep doing what I am doing, lol

3/23/2014 12:39:02 PM Report Abuse
grey_jillian wrote:

Thanks for the tip. Im looking forward on running back again next week. Hopefully this helps in making me get back to shape. By the way, i would like to share a great website for running, http://runninggizmo.clan.su.

1/7/2011 10:40:56 AM Report Abuse
nancymcjensen wrote:

I used the intermediate guide to train for a half marathon. It worked well. I did 2:06 and for a 49 y/o woman with a family and a job I think that's pretty righteous. The one thing I might change is the taper period pre-race felt rigorous. I was tired on race day. In hindsight I think a little more rest the 2 weeks prior would have helped. This was a great program, though, easy to follow and I'll use it again, with that small modification.

6/7/2010 04:25:31 PM Report Abuse

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