YOU Can Race a Half Marathon

I know what some of you are thinking.

“Race a half marathon? That’s crazy talk! You get out of here!”

I am NOT crazy. And you CAN do it! And even better, you don’t have to be a runner, or even in shape, to get started. I walked in the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in 2013 – that’s right walked – and it was a total blast.


Step 1: Pick a half marathon and sign up. (most races are non-refundable, so signing-up forces you to commit). There are some REALLY fun races out there. Two organizations that I have raced with before – Run Disney and the Rock & Roll Marathon Series are a great place to start your search.

Step 2: Decide if you are going to walk or run. You can find the training program I used for walking here, and a running one here.  (And walkers, no matter what some of the sites say, there are many people who walk a half marathon, so don’t let that stop you.)

Step 3: Put training days on your calendar and get started!

In a future post, I will be reviewing some racing blogs and racing apps that you can use for your training.

Have you ever raced in a half marathon before? Do you have any tips or tricks that our first-time marathoners should know about? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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3 Responses to “YOU Can Race a Half Marathon”

  1. Scott says:

    I like that you included the term walk. To many people think it only counts if you run. Not true at all finishing the race by walking or running is impressive either way. I look forward to more tips and how to get motivated to undertake a race.

  2. Christine Smith says:

    This could not have come at a better time Jenny! I am thinking about doing the Derby Festival mini-marathon in April & just started training. I’m up to 3.5 miles walking/jogging mix. But wasn’t sure if I was doing enough. Thanks for the tips!

  3. thewildernessgirls says:

    #Jenny Christine – you should! And how fun! You are in great shape if you started training now. For the Tinkerbell Half, I started training in September, and it was in January. You go, girl! I can’t wait to see your pics on Facebook. Let me know how the training goes!

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