After exploiting the weakness of the 13.1 half marathon beast, my mindset changed forever on long-distance running. This same approach allowed me to complete a marathon as well. Past running experience isn’t a requirement. I was able to complete three half marathons and one full marathon over the course of a year. I began in May 2016 and completed my third half marathon on April 22, 2017. No prior long distance running experience whatsoever.
Running a 5K or a 10K can be accomplished with little or no training at all. If your goal is to run or walk/run a half marathon, then you must tell yourself that you are a runner. You are no longer running for the sake of exercise. You are running to train your body to complete your first half marathon.
Believe in yourself
Different nutrition guides, shoe strategies, running miles per week, etc. Among all these differences, there is one common thing agreed upon by almost all runners – You have to believe in yourself and believe that you are a runner. Without this firmly ingrained in your head, you won’t make it past mile nine, and you won’t make it to the finish line. I’m not telling you this to discourage you. I’m telling you this to prepare you for the mental battle of running. One week at a time, one day at a time, one mile at a time, and one step at a time will get you to the half marathon finish line.
I hope that this encourages you to finish your first half marathon no matter what age you begin at. If I can do it, so can you.
Scott Morton is the author of, Beginner’s Guide to Half Marathons: A Simple Step-By-Step Solution to Get You to the Finish Line in 12 Weeks! (Beginner To Finisher Book 3) which has become an Amazon #1 bestseller. To sign up for a FREE half marathon training schedule, log sheet, and pace predictor click here.
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