Jamie’s Journey – Top Tips for Half Marathon Training and Race Day

Happy Monday fellow Herons.  Last week I had detailed what the day was like when I ran my first Half Marathon (you can read that post HERE).  Now I want to share with you some tips – and things I would do differently for my next race!

Tip One – Just RUN!  The first tip has everything to do with training.  When I had started training for my first Half Marathon, I got in my own head and would sometimes overthink things.  Trying to decide if I should run intervals, for endurance, etcetera, etcetera.  As my training runs got longer, if I couldn’t fit in the entire run due to time constraints, I wouldn’t go.  Looking back, I wish I just got out more and ran.  Even if it was just for a few miles.  Those miles add up and they really do help.  No matter what style of training run, they all help.  Just RUN!

Tip Two – Invest in your shoes!  I had a pretty decent pair of shoes and they saw me through the race just fine.  But, I certainly do think that even a better fitted shoe would have done me that much better!  Many stores that specialize in running shoes will do a fitting with you and will help you to find the best shoe for you and your feet!

Tip Three – Body glide EVERYWHERE.  No matter your shape or size, chances are some part of your body will be rubbing on another part for all those miles.  Grab a bottle of body glide and put on said body parts.  Trust me – you will thank me on this one.

Tip Four – Bring some gum.  I was passed this tip as we were leaving for the race.  As you run, your mouth may get dry.  The gum will help to counter this.  I had a piece of gum in my purse, so I quickly threw it in my running belt (just in case).  I was really happy I did.

Tip Five – Know when to listen to your body….but also when to listen to your head!  When race day finally arrives, the adrenaline kicks in and when you begin the race you feel as though you can run faster and further.  Although your body may be telling you that you can go, go, go – it is important to remember how much further you have to go.  I saw MANY people burned out by mile 6.  They pushed too hard too quickly.  If the race has a pacing runner that is running for your goal time/pace, that is a great way to stay on track.  If not, keep a watch on hand or use an app that will track your pace.  This will let you know if you are speeding up a little too much from that adrenaline.

Tip Six – Stop listening to your head and listen to your body.  Yes.  I know.  I’m now telling you the exact opposite.  This piece of advice applies more to the second half of the race.  You may be getting tired.  Now is the time to dig deep and push yourself.  If your body feels good – then keep it up!

So there you have it.  Some of the top tips I have to share based on my experience from running my first Half Marathon!  I hope you found this information helpful.  If you have any tips – I would LOVE to hear from you!  Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Be sure to stop by next week as I share with you some VERY exciting news for Jamie’s Journey!!

Until next time – wishing you happy and healthy feet!

Jamie @ Wise Heron

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