A half-marathon is a great race if you are a runner wants to run a longer race, but not quite ready to take on a full marathon distance. You’ve run some 10K’s and ready to take on a longer challenge and training for an endurance race.
13.1 miles is the perfect distance if you want to accomplishment something major in your running, but don’t have the time to take on the training needed to run a full marathon. For many runners, they may not be able due to job or family responsibilities to take the time needed for a marathon. However, training for a half-marathon is completely doable.
Runners who tackle this distance will learn about what it takes to set goals with their running. You’ll need to have a training plan/schedule and be able to accomplish your goals weekly. These weekly goals will be instrumental in finishing your half-marathon. You will learn to handle the ups and downs that will come along the way. You will learn to persevere with your training to hit your goal.
Many runners take on a half-marathon race while they are in training for a full marathon. They will schedule a half to test their fitness level to see how they are in their marathon training. It’s a great tune up to do a few weeks before going for 26.2 miles.
Many runners run the 13.1 race to keep themselves in good shape throughout the year. They may not be truly “racing” any longer, but training for a half-marathon keeps them doing the miles need to feel good about themselves and in good health.