How to Run a Half Marathon: 21 Tips & Tricks

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

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Run a Half Marathon in Two Months? Check!

Last Sunday I ran the San Francisco Half Marathon. I can’t believe I am writing this.
I did it. I nailed it! Two months ago, I never ran, and now I’m a half marathon finisher.

I documented the entire process from start ’til 13.1: 
Part 1: why I decided to sign up for the San Francisco Half Marathon
part 2: how I injured my knees in the second week
part 3: how I felt like a failure and contemplated quitting 

part 4: how I stayed motivated and smashed records
part 5: how I got halfway through my marathon training & what changed since the beginning
part 6: the apps & devices I used to track my progress
part 7: the roller coaster of emotions during two months of training

How did I feel during race weekend—and now what?

Day Before: Ready

On Saturday, the day before the race, I knew I had to be smart. I had to keep calm and eat decently. I needed to be as rested and fueled as possible. So when I finished all the necessary preparations (picking up my race packet at the expo, buying food, stocking up on power bars), I focused on doing nothing.

If you know me, you would understand how much torture that is: I like to enjoy my weekend out of the house, biking around, going out and being active. But not this Saturday. I had to force myself to stay in.

Half marathon outfit


While I was preparing my outfit, my bag and the food I was going to bring, I suddenly realized what I had gotten myself into: running a very long distance with very little preparation. I felt scared, but also ready for it. I realized it would only take three hours of my life. I just had to keep strong during that time. Read More

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