What I Wish I Knew About Half Marathon Training

Because it's not just the miles that count

Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

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Photo by Pietro Rampazzo on Unsplash

About a month ago, I ran my second half-marathon ever.

While it's considered a beginner-friendly distance, it took me more than five years to give the glorious 13.1 miles another go.

It wasn't that I stopped training or lacked motivation, I was just too afraid to make the same mistakes I made in my first training cycle. I thought I would end up barely reaching the finish line. Again.

The thing is, though, back then, I didn't know much about the type of methods, workouts, or training volume I needed to run a half marathon. I had little idea of how strong my body should be to handle all of that.

But now I do.

The half-marathon is one of the most popular running events and an important milestone for many amateur runners. Mainly because it's a rigorous and demanding distance that requires a good level of fitness, mental strength, and consistency in training. Or, to be honest, a way to earn some bragging rights.

When I first got the idea of doing a half-marathon, I had run over six miles a few times, and that's it. Yet, I thought that 10k was not challenging anymore, and going twice as far would finally make me a real runner.

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Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

Marketing specialist and running coach who's been passionate about writing since childhood.