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Would You? Could You? Run a Half Marathon?

Posted by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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Every Woman Can Run a Half-Marathon Using These 5 Tips

Posted by Emily Abbate

Marathon running tips for beginnersI firmly believe that anyone can run a half marathon. Whoa whoa WHOA, calm down. I didn't say RIGHT NOW or this coming Saturday at 8 a.m. sharp. I just mean, you know, at some point.

I was the same way, once. If you were to tell me six years ago that I would have run six half marathons by my mid-twenties, I would have laughed in your face. Heck, six years ago I tipped the scales at more than 200 pounds and hadn't run more than a mile since those dreaded sweaty days of gym class back in high school.

Today, I love running. Fact: I look forward to it. And after finishing half marathon numero seis last weekend here in New York City, I feel like I have enough experience to try and help a few sistas out.

Whether you've never run a mile in your life or recently completed your first 5K, take a look at these 5 half marathon running tips for beginners:

1. Start slow: In a perfect world we'd all be able to slip into cute sneaks and run eight miles without missing a beat. Sorry love, that's not gonna happen. The summer I started running, I jogged the same half-mile route every damn day. At the time I thought it was a whole mile, but the more important thing is that I got out there and STARTED something.

Starting slow will enable you to build up some sort of stamina. Soon your half-mile will turn into a mile, and your mile will turn into multiples.

2. Find the right sneakers: If you're going to start running more often, then I'd highly suggest making an investment in a solid pair of kicks. Just like every runner is different, every stride is different too. If your foot isn't hitting the ground evenly when you run, you could be risking SERIOUS injury. Personally I overpronate, meaning my foot naturally rolls outward.

The good news? There are sneakers for every type of runner (figure out your foot type with this easy to read guide here). AND there are LOADS of stores that will analyze your stride, have you run on a treadmill, and then make great sneaker suggestions for you. How totally fun, right?

3. Find the right crew: They say losing weight is easier with a buddy, and running is totally the same way. Starting out, it was SUPER helpful for me to find people who were also into running. Whether or not we actually went running together, it was a huge benefit for me to have people to trade routes with and get inspiration from.

4. Fuel up: Once you get past the initial shorter distances of your training, you'll need to make sure you bring some fuel for your run to replenish your body's stores. Yes, yes, that means plenty of water. It ALSO means nutrition. I'm a Jelly Belly Sports Beans gal myself, but there are loads of other tasty options like GU energy gel, Clif Shot Bloks, and PowerBar Gel Blasts that help boost performance and help prevent you from running out of energy.

5. Crank up the music: To each her own on this one. Personally, there's nothing I love more than an excellent running playlist with the right amount of beats per minute to coincide with my pace. Tunes keep me pumped up, and help me continue on when all I wanna do is stop.

A few of my fave tracks right now: "Crash Your Party" by Karmin, "Unusual" by Trey Songz, "Hot Tonight" by New Edition, "Boyfriend" by the Biebs, and "Countdown" by People's Most Beautiful Woman, Beyonce.

Have you ever run a half marathon? Do you have any tips or tricks of your own?


by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM
I would love to some day
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by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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I have completed ONE 1/2 marathon in 2010 and yeah, not something I'm excited to repeat!

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I have not done one yet.  I am doing my first triathlon this June.  My goal for next year is to do a half-marathon!

by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

 probably could do it if i built the endurance, but have no interest

by Gold Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Would I?  probably NOT- I don't like running and I have athsma...

to each their own- if you love running, then go for it.  ME? I'd rather Zumba!

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by Gold Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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I ran the Dallas Rock N Roll Inaguaral Half Marathon in March of 2010. It was a huge accomplishment for me.

I  hate and when I say hate, I mean with the fiery passion of a thousands burning suns, to run. I do not enjoy running. I am not good at running. I cannot breathe when I run and I ache all over. However, it was a personal challenge. So I trained for a few months and went for it. It was liberating and the excitement I felt as all the spectators that lined the streets for miles and miles cheered, spurred me on. I had other runners who could see that I was fading, began encouraging me to continue. Never once did I stop. I ran and ran and ran. I will tell you that crossing that finish line was one of my happiest moments. One, because it was over and two, because I did something that I never believed myself capable of. I was proud of my accomplishment. Of course I couldnt walk for 2 days and my toenails took months to heal, but I did it.

I am not in any hurry to do it again nor do I have any ambition to run a full marathon but could I do it? Yes, I believe I could.

by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM
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I ran a whole marathon in October 2001. I'd like to do another.

by Morgan on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM
I did one in sept 2011. I plan on doing another fall 2013. I can't wait for Milton to be born so I can slowly run again
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by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

 Maybe some day.

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

This is my ultimate goal once I have my baby.  I was a cross-country runner at one point so ive done plenty of 5k runs but my next goal is half a marathon.

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