I definitely plan to get a hydration belt. I have done a lot of smaller races and truly hate the water stops which in the smaller races isn't a big deal because I can often just skip them if I'm feeling good but that can't happen in a half. Good to know about the Hammer gels. I have been concerned about the gels a little bit because I do have a sensitive stomach sometimes but I know I will need something like that.
MWWENSIN, I find coming into a water stop part of the excitement of a race. You never know who you're going to run over. :-P
All kidding aside, I recommend doing a lot of shorter races (5K, 5M, 10K, 10M) as you work your way up to your first HM. If you do enough races, gatorade, water stop etiquette, etc., should not be a surprise by the time you get to the HM.
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I would invest in a hydration belt. I use a Nathan's with the 4 bottle variety. Nothing worse than competing for water Gatorade at the stops. Plus you get it all over your arm during the run. Some people use a single larger bottle that you carry in your hand.
I wouldn't worry about time for your first half. My goal was to complete. Enjoy the run.
Gels are good too keep you fed during the run. Hammer brand was recognized as having the ones that are easiest on your stomach. I use Gu since they are more readily available. You take one before 15 minutes before your run and then every 45 minutes after you start your run. For me thats 3 gels. A hydration belt usually has a back pocket for storing a gel and a car key.
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congratulations! its so exciting isn't it, just thinking about the sense of accomplishment we will feel crossing the finish line?! lets hope there is luck in the air on october 20th, because i just signed up for my first half on that day too :)
I signed up for my first half this August too. I had started a training plan very early but I think I must have added too much distance per week too quickly because I injured my knee and didn't run for 2 weeks. Lots of people think it's just the placebo effect of whatever, but I am now a devout user of glucosamine. My knee has not bothered me at all and I'm back running just 2 times a week now. That being said, don't push yourself too hard to fast or you'll risk an injury and if you feel good taking supplements, do it
"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. It's the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs and the voice in your head that yells "CAN'T!". But don't listen. Just push harder. Then you'll hear the voice whisper "can". That's when you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are."
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You're already on the right track, getting a solid training plan written out. I used the Runner's World Smart Coach program for my first HM, too. It was SUCH a huge benefit for me since I really had no idea how to train.
As you start to add longer runs to your routine, start experimenting with different drinks, gels, and other mid-run foods to find what works for your gut and what doesn't. If you can find out what they'll be serving at the aid stations at your race, try to use the same products so you can see how they help/hurt your run. I really cannot emphasize this enough, because there is NOTHING worse than tummy trouble during a run.
For now, just enjoy building your base, and don't get into a training mindset until you're closer to the race. You don't want to burn out your brain by forcing it to think about training for 7 months!
"If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard everybody would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
Congrats on committing to running a half. I agree with Coach Nancy. For now, just concentrate on building a running base. Set up a running schedule you will be following during training. For instance, maybe you will be running 3 times during the week and a long run on the weekend. Also Look into running a few 5 and 10k races until you need to start training. There won't be much time for them once you start training except for the ones suggested in your training.
Have fun while you train.
You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set. -Robert E. Lee
Congrats! I just did my first half on February 17th. All I can say is follow the training plan!! Stick to it as much as you can! I found it hard over the holidays and if I had to do it over again, that`s all I would change! It was great! ( snow storm and all!! )
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Just use the time until you start your training to build a solid running base, develop some good strength training exercises and try not to get too far ahead in your training so that you peak before your race. And mostly, enjoy the amazing journey!
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So I just signed up for my first half marathon the other day. The race isn't until October 20 and I already regularly run 8k-10k once a week and have done several shorter races (from the 5k-8k) range. I'm really excited and am using Runner's World's smart coach program to establish my training plan and it seems like I have more than enough time to train for the race! As this is my first time I have trained for this distance I would greatly appreciate any tips from others who have done the distance before.
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