Half Marathon Training for Beginners

August 13, 2015 8:55 PM

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Half Marathon Training for Beginners

Believe it or not, if your long runs are up to three miles, you're ready to train for a half-marathon. Running 13.1 miles might seem impossible now, but you will make it, as long as you take it one week -- and one mile -- at a time. With a positive mind-set, smart pacing, and strategic walk breaks, you'll be prepped to successfully complete a half by the end of October (like the Runner's World Half-Marathon & Festival). The following tips will get you to a happy finish line.

Before You Start You need a solid base before you take on half-marathon training. You should be running at least three times a week: Weekday runs should average about 30 minutes, and your weekend long run should be up to at least three miles.

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