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.