billbolmeierGuys, I need your advice and running wisdom.
I have a couple of friends who are running a half marathon for the first time and they need some help. They are anxious.
So I thought I'd turn it over to you. What tips would you give someone who's running a half marathon for the first time?
I've run a few half marathons and I will certainly give my own thoughts.
They are in the middle of their training and they're coming up to the higher miles. They are even anxious to run some of those higher miles during training.
So share what you know in the comments, as much as you'd like, and I'll put it all together, probably on a webpage and give you credit.
Let me know if you want me to mention your Instagram name, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Whatever you want me to mention.
If you don't want any credit, then just say, "No Cred, that's just how I roll." Or whatever you'd like to say.😉 Thanks!
- line_kolbeA lot say drink a lot.. I actually think that being well hydrated before the run and then drinking a little less at the run works better for me. If I drink when I don't need it I will get side stitches. A good marker for me if I drink too much and need to drink less is if my fingers get swollen. If they do that I have too much water in my body and need to sweat some of it out. Could also be because I need some salt but that's more in longer than half marathons. Anyway. Except take it slow in the beginning my best advise is drink, but not too much and use your fingers as guides to weather or not you need more fluid. @billbolmeier I would be grateful for you mentioning me or giving credits. And btw I love your posts about all the different trail runs. Very inspirational. I save some for my bucket lists once in a while.
- line_kolbe*whether (not weather)
- julsywGreat advices guys! This will be helpful and for me the next race👍
- fillizofSplit your 21k into 3. Think as if u are running 7k . So it will mentally help you to make it easier n more fun. You can also increase your speed in ever 7k :)
- email@example.com ahh this is great!! Thank you!!
- gingriffinThis may seem ridiculous, but if you are a woman...invest in a good sports bra. Short distances aren't as important but after you have run about ten miles you will be glad you invested in a better bra.
- debobrienvtLine_kolbe thank you!!! My fingers used to get SO swollen. I've been so concerned about dehydration I've been over doing it. It makes sense though. The true test will be on my long run this weekend but my fingers were much happier on my 9 miler today. Thank you!
- michiec05@fillizof perfect advice! That instantly made the thought of my first half seem less overwhelming 😊
- fillizofI'm glad that it worked for you as well @michiec05 keep it up!
- thevegansamuraiInvest in some shoes that offer good sole support while you train. I just bought Asics Gel-Kayano 19 that was $150.00, which is the most I've ever spent on shoes, but it's worth it when you think of all the miles you put in and the injuries prevented. In fact, when I first bought the shoes I was experiencing the start of plantar fasciitis pain in my arch but the arch support was a saviour. At first, I was so overwhelmed with the selection but I tried on 3 different brands but the CSR was very helpful and knowledgeable (i.e. look for shors with plastic built into the bottom exgerior for arch support). There really is a science behind shoes built for long-distance running. However, shoes aren't everything when it comes to preventing injuries like PFPS (often referred to as runner's knee) and Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB). These injuries can be prevented with glute, quad, and core strengths exercises in addition to the sole supportive shock absorption shoes. I personally try to do those exercises every other day. Running my first charity half-marathon October 3rd and I'm nervous too but I have 4 months training behind me so I hope it pays off. My suggestion of what to eat two days before for a carb-load dinner: sweet potato peeled, diced and microwaved for 5-6 minutes then add black beans (from the bag that have been soaked overnight then cooked on the stove top prior) to the mash then pop back in microwave for 1 more minute then take out and add diced red bell pepper and diced tomatoes with black pepper & sea salt (cilantro or Daiya "cheese" optional). Enjoy and all the best everyone ☺!!! >credits accepted <
- aplant67Trust your training!!
- voorvoetlanderHi Bill. As an ultrarunner and run coach, I hope I can add something to the story. First of all: relax. Breathe. Forget the competition if you want to finish your first 21k. Most runners are too focused on time/distance. Remember it's a choice, a hobby, so enjoy. Secondly, be sure you drink enough. But don't overeat. Also, start slowly and run negative split if you can (faster 2nd half). When you feel too tired, slow down but don't stop. Always think positive. Stare in the distance and enjoy every encouragement. Run with your heart!
- billbolmeier@fruitbat4life @aplant67 @voorvoetlander Great comments, thanks!
- oc_jo_dominaI read all the comments and those were all good advice. Thank you! I'm running my first half marathon in Long Beach in October and I'm excited so this was very helpful!
- billbolmeierGreat to hear @oc_jo_domna. 👍 Nice location for your first half. You'll do great!😀
- mdsamelsonOne of the greatest pieces of advice I've ever gotten on running ANY distance is that, as you're out training and running those lower miles, just remember that that distance and that slight discomfort and beginning exhaustion you are feeling is NOTHING compared to the distance you need to be able to do. It's a little daunting, but if you're having trouble focusing as you train, keeping that "the race will be longer and tougher than this training run" thought in your head will make you feel more prepared on race day. Also, if you're agonizing over each mile, then start to think in terms of 5ks: one 5k down, three to go (and then a little bit more). And as you're out there running your first half, think about this: what if you ran a full marathon one day? Wouldn't that be awesome?! Okay, so think about this: as you're out running your half marathon, imagine if you were actually running a full marathon. "I'm on mile 9, feeling okay. But if I were running a full marathon, I'd have to do this three more times." I've been using that mindset in training for my own full marathon next month and it's been crazy helpful. Just take it slow and steady -- don't worry about keeping up with the other runners as they jet off at the beginning of the race; like @voorvoetlander said, start slowly so that you can run a faster second half if you can. Most of all, think about how incredible it is that you're pushing your body to a new limit! Consider what your past self would say if he/she knew you were about to run a half. "What?! I'm going to do that in my future? How crazy awesome! I rock!" You do rock, don't forget! :)
- billbolmeierGreat advice @mdsamelson.👍 Thanks for contributing, I really appreciate it.
- thesandiegorealtor@billbolmeier great comments I am doing my first 1/2 January in carlsbad I will definitely be applying some of this running wisdom
- billbolmeier@thesandiegorealtor Awesome! Great place to do your first half.
- thesandiegorealtor@billbolmeier just trying to finish it healthy to gage where I am so I can continue to get better, just started running at 49 years #blessed
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