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Run your first half marathon

Running a half marathon is a great distance target for intermediate runners to aim for, either as a goal in itself or as a stepping stone before a longer term target of a full marathon.

Experienced runners can also use running a half marathon as training for a marathon. The distance for a half is 21k (13.1 miles), so start increasing your running distance, improve your endurance and build your way up. Good luck!

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“Ran the Narragansett, RI half marathon on 11/2/2014....very bad conditions...rain, sleet, snow, 35 MPH winds. Got to mile10 and told myself, "Just a 5k left to do - no problem." Really tough last 3 miles into the wind - problem. Hurt like hell, but felt great to complete my very first half!”

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Mark H Run your first half marathon Challenge

Contributorgold Mark H Run many half marathons, but none since a two year lay off from running due to an Achilles problem so I plan to either do this as a training run or as a race sometime before the summer

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Sue A Run your first half marathon Challenge

Contributorgold Sue A I do this tomorrow - pretty excited now! Finishing work then heading to Blenheim today - jeeze I hope I can manage this and not be too shattered that I can't enjoy a celebratory beverage.


Have lots of fun and enjoy the run :))

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Kel M Run your first half marathon Challenge

Contributorgold Kel M Yeah babeeee ...1st HM survived ..perfect conditions ...happy as with game plan ..comfy 20km actually sand most of the way came home strong 5:16min last km 2:20 ...couldn't be happier with outcome !

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Victoria S Run your first half marathon Challenge
My first ever half marathon! It was SO HILLY, check out the elevation graph here: and the hill at mile 10 nearly killed me. Both of my parents also ran it, and they're seasoned runners and they both said that it was the hardest half marathon they've ever run - and were both 10 minutes off their PBs (and both came third in their age groups). Despite all this, I really enjoyed it - the views were great, and there was great support from the other runners and it was a brilliantly organised event. For my NEXT half marathon I'm going to pick a much flatter course (that wont be hard I'm sure) and train a bit more for it, going for two runs a week and playing netball twice a week meant that I was fit enough to get around, but I figure if I actually did some proper training I could go way under the 2 hour mark.

So sounds like you are on your way to dong more half marathons???? Excellent your parents ran it with you!

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I wouldn't say they ran it with me seeing as they did it in 1:28 and 1:37 respectively! But it was a lovely weekend together, they spoiled me to an excellent dinner! And they were there on the finish line to see me through!

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Monica S Run your first half marathon Challenge

My biggest pointer, don't overthink it. Then trust your training and make sure you have the right shoes and have ran in them before the race. For me I whole heartedly believed in my training and new I had done enough...

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