HEALTH : Get set for a Half Marathon

A half marathon is the ultimate test of your speed, stamina, and strength.Want to know more about how to train for a half marathon? Let’s sprint towards it By Saurabh Half Marathon Let’s sprint towards it

What is a half marathon?

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The distance of a half marathon is 13.1 miles, which equals to 21.1 km. Half marathons have become popular among masses and the participation has been steadily increasing. One of the reasons for half marathon becoming popular is its fair distance and the level of training it requires in comparison to an actual complete marathon. The distance is long enough to keep the race challenging and fair enough to complete with a quick recovery after ward.

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

There are many half marathonraces that are organised around the globe. Airtel Delhi Half Marathon(ADHM) is one of such events. ADHM is an annual event that was started in 2005.Since 2005 till date, this event has been attracting thousands of participants. A total of 34,000 people participated in the 9th edition of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon,which took place recently.

So have you geared up to torque your way to the finish line? Here are few tips on how to train for a half marathon.

Tips On How To Train For A Half Marathon
Train your mind first

This is probably the first hurdle for most participants.The phobia of running a long distance is not a good sign to start your training. 21.1 km is not a cake walk for sure but it’s certainly not like crossing a river of fire too. So train your mind to accept the challenge in a positive way and you will see that 21.1 is just another number.

Build a base

For every durable structure, you need a solid base.And the same holds true for a half marathon too.So, start running three times a week. And the target should be to run at least 15-20 km every week with an average of 5-7 km at a stretch. Missing anyone of the targets, may not build your stamina the way it needs to be, at the time of the race.

Challenge yourself

It is very important that you keep adding miles to your target sprints. This can happen every week or even alternate weeks, but you need to be decisive and focused once you commit to it. For example:if you start with your daily running target as five km, then you can increase it to seven km for the next or the alternate week. This ensures you to train your body to adjust with increasing difficulty till you train yourself to run 21 km at a stretch.

Keep a balanced approach

You would find that on certain days you are able to run faster or for a longer distance. But that does not mean that you should start sprinting hard. A balanced approach is very important in this case,as a sudden pressure by sprinting can drain the juice out of your body and may leave you with no stamina at all to run the next day. Also, a regular light weight workout at a gym combined with good cardio exercises can be quite useful.

Do not over train

Challenging yourself is important but that would not mean over training. There’s an old saying that “Do not bite more than you can chew”. So, any type of exertion or over training will just toil your body with fatigue hell. This may cause unnecessary injuries like painful cramps, ligament tears,and even fractures if you accidentally have a bad fall during an intense sprint. And there isn’t a need to tell you that an injury can ruin your chances of participation in half marathon, let alone win it.

Discipline your diet

Eat a balanced diet of proteins and carbohydrates. Avoid fatty and oily foods at all costs. Keep your self hydrated at all times when you are training and even during your half marathon run. As per your activity level, you may also go for a healthy supplement stack; which includes: Whey Isolate(High protein with less carb) along with Glutamine(optional) and Fish oil.

You can add five gm Creatine pre work out if you require extra energy (optional).

The dosage for all the above stack will depend on your body type and needs. For a person with an average height of around 170 cm with an average weight of around 85 kg, following can be the dosage:

  • Whey Isolate: twice a day; one scoop post work out and one scoop early morning with water.
  • Glutamine:Five gm post workout mixed along with protein in water and next five gm at bed time in the water.
  • Fish Oil:Two capsules a day, post meal; one cap after your breakfast and lunch each respectively.

Note: Please consult your doctor/dietitian/trainer for your personal diet chart or supplement dosage and advice on any specific questions you might have regarding your training.

A half marathon is a fun event and gives you a great feeling when you complete it, even if you are not one of the winners. It is a great confidence booster and can be an awesome motivator for a lot of people who might have cared less about fitness before this event. So, forget about winning or losing.It’s all about participation, fitness awareness and the spirit of sportsmanship.

By Saurabh