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Training Guide: Running a Half-Marathon

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Outfit Yourself: Race-Day Emergency Kit

Dodge any runner bummer with these on-the-go essentials.

Handy Candy

Fruity chews are a tasty way to get electrolytes. Eat one 100-calorie pack of Luna Sport Moons every hour ($1.29,


In case of rain, pack a cap! The Daybreak Women's Running Hat is breathable and wicks away sweat or water ($22,

Ray Ban

Don't let a sunburn ruin your run. Coola Sport 45 SPF water-resistant sunscreen stays put as you sweat ($32 for 5 ounces, for info).

Step Saver

Nexcare Active Waterproof Blister Pads stick to sweaty feet and offer extra cushioning ($3.19 to $4.49, drugstores).

Friction Fix

Asics Chafe Free Endurance Gel dries instantly ($7, for stores).

Mouth Guard

Keep lips moist and sun-safe with Nivea A Kiss of Protection SPF 30 balm. It contains soothing shea butter and vitamin E ($3, drugstores).

Hydration Station

The CamelBak Delaney run-walk belt comes with a 24-ounce water bottle and four pockets ($40, for info).

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2009.


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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,

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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