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Training for a Half Marathon

I ran my first half marathon this past weekend. Finding training resources online was difficult so I’m passing the tips that I found useful.

How to train for a half marathon:

  • Ensure you can maintain 30 minutes of moderate running at least a month before your running date (this is the most important step)
  • One month before your race, run 18 kms (6 easy, 6 moderate, 6 hard, don’t worry about how long it takes)
  • 7 days later run 20 kms
  • 7 days later run for 90 minutes hard
  • 7 days later run for 60 minutes at a moderate pace
  • 1 day before the race run for 20 minutes at an easy pace

Running with 3000+ people for the first 16 kms was an amazing experience, after the 18 km mark I was questioning my sanity, and when it was over all the race participants were on top of the world. I highly recommend doing a half or full marathon. I raised some money for Team Diabetes and managed to finished in 1:58.  Next year I’m planning to run the full marathon.

Author: Adam Kahtava Categories: Calgary, Personal, Running Tags:
  1. Jesse Kahtava
    June 9th, 2009 at 06:23 | #1

    Adam, that’s amazing! I didn’t realize your run was for donations for Team Diabetes. Well done.

  2. Devin Parrish
    June 10th, 2009 at 12:14 | #2

    That’s unreal Adam, congratulations! I don’t even think I could drive that distance tiring myself out.

  3. Adam Kahtava
    June 16th, 2009 at 05:59 | #3

    Thanks guys!

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