Happy Friday everyone! Like I said yesterday, this week has put me over the edge and I definitely need a weekend to catch up on life. I decided this week to link up with Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed up for What for the Friday Five! The theme this week is “Five Reasons to Run a ____” and after last week’s half I had been thinking recently about why the half-marathon is such a great distance!
1. The half-marathon is a milestone race for many runners. It seems like by training for and completing that first half-marathon, you have reached a running milestone. Many runners starting out may be intimidated by the distance, but decide it is a goal they would like to one day accomplish. It often sets the stage for that desire to run a full marathon, too!
2. You can see drastic improvements in your time with training. Many runners start out with the goal of completing the half-marathon, and then once they have completed one or two then they start training for time. It is pretty common to see improvements of 20-30 minutes as runners begin putting in more specific training! For example, Nicole has cut off a full hour from her first half-marathon time!!
3. Training for a half will force you to exercise regularly. If one of your goals is to lose weight, work out more, get healthier, etc… training for a half is a great way to start working towards those goals. Typically you can train for a half marathon by running about 4 days a week, for at least 30 minutes a day. This is a pretty good amount of cardio to jump-start a fitness regime. Keep in mind that you may be hungrier and want to eat more! Try to fuel with healthy foods rather than junk:)
4. It doesn’t take over your life the way marathon training does. You will probably need to set aside a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday to do your long run, but other than that it doesn’t take up a ton of time. It’s pretty reasonable to run a few days a week without it interfering with other things in your life too much.
5. You will get to enjoy all the “fun stuff” about being a distance runner: gels, chafing, blisters, foam rolling, porta potties, good runs and bad runs, emergency bathroom situations, talking the “runner talk”, runger, and much more plus you get a medal and the amazing feeling of crossing the finish line!
What are some other reasons to run a half-marathon?
What is your favorite race distance? I would say that my favorite distance to train for is the full marathon but I am much more comfortable with racing a half!
Thinking about signing up for a half-marathon (or other race distance)? Consider working with a running coach!