When I registered to run the San Francisco Half Marathon, I had no experience whatsoever. I didn’t even have running shoes! After two months of training, though, I made to the finish line in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
During my training I often felt like I was missing information. I had no idea what to eat or which clothes to wear, but I figured it all out by myself. Obviously a lot of choices are personal, and I am by no means a personal trainer or fitness expert, but some tips might be handy for everyone.
While training for the half marathon
1. Wear comfy clothes
Make sure you’re running in an outfit that fits well and feels comfortable. Practice running in your race outfit, too! 13.1 miles is a long way to go if you realize a mile in that the fabric of your brand-new running capris is causing some miserable chafing. During training, I ran multiple times with underwear that got between my butt cheeks, which was no fun. There is nothing as annoying as having to be fed up by certain pieces of clothing while you still have miles to go.
2. Focus on the long runs to build distance
During my training I varied short and long distances. I discovered that the long runs make the biggest difference for building up endurance. Read More