Getting motivated to start can be the most difficult part but by keeping in mind the following tips, you can really start to enjoy your training and the whole experience rather than becoming overwhelmed by the amazing challenge you have set yourself.
1. You’re now an athlete in the making so treat yourself as one. Invest in quality running gear and make sure you have appropriate footwear for your training. Running is a high-impact sport. Unless your feet are well cushioned with shock absorbing materials, the repeated impact on your legs can lead to injury. Visit your local Sweatshop store for advice on the right footwear for you and free gait analysis.
2. Aim to create a routine where you can fit in time each week for your running and exercise. Being consistent with your training over a number of weeks will ensure you get fitter and you’ll quickly see progress.
3. Find a training plan
that’s specific to your half marathon race distance, as this will give some structure to your training and provide the building blocks to your success. The plan should progress at the right level and intensity
for your fitness level to prevent injury. Visit http://www.bupa.co.uk/running/training/training-programmes/
for more info.4. Eating a balanced and healthy diet
is as important
as your running and it’s key that you eat the right food at the right time to help your body repair and grow stronger. Keeping hydrated is key as fluid loss will impair your performance so aim to drink little and often throughout the day.
5. Have fun, enjoy your exercise, involve your family and friends who can be supportive and help you get out the door. Find a running partner or join a local Running Club to help keep you motivated and remind yourself how you will feel when you have completed your amazing challenge.