Have you thought about running a half marathon? To this running mom, it's the perfect distance. Enough of a challenge to really motivate me to train smart and a doable distance for just about everyone. I'm laced up and training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon and sharing my tips for running smart.
TIP 1: Pick the right race. You want to hunt for a course that is far enough out to give you time to train properly. I picked the springtime Brooklyn Half (May 18) because it gives me enough time to train after the weather gets better. It's a flat-ish course and has lots of spectators to keep me chugging along. Perfect for me.
TIP 2:Map out your training. Don't guess that you've put in the right number of miles to get you to the finish line. Get a good training plan and put it on your calendar. I make these appointments like they are doctors appointments--they are non-negotiable. You also don't want to over train--that's a fantastic way to get an injury. Pick a program, map it and stick to it. Here's a good sample from Fitness Magazine. Feel free to modify!
TIP 3: Get a running buddy. She or he doesn't have to be in your same town. You can use a virtual running buddy to keep on track, but I rely on good old-fashioned girl power. I have two friends that I do all my long runs with. It sure keeps you honest knowing friends are meeting you at 7am ready to hit the road. I like the idea of running clubs, but don't feel like you have to join something official. It can be as simple as a facebook pal who checks in on you occasionally. 1 cheerleader who's in it with you is really all it takes.
TIP 4: The shoes matter. Get expert advice to match a shoe to your running style. I have been running in New Balance for the past decade. I've switched up the model a few times over the years. Right now I am running in the 1260v. It's light and supportive. Considering how bouncy I feel with these on, I'm surprised that I can still get all the cushioning and support I need. New Balance calls it "FantomFit"--their means of giving the shoe a light feel with everything I need to load on the miles without injury. But here's the big one. Are you ready? DON'T CHANGE UP THE RUNNING SHOE MIDWAY THROUGH TRAINING. That is a surefire way to get an injury or at least some fantastic new blisters. If you want to experiment, by all means do. But not during training for a big race.
Now you've got my tips. Are you ready to take on your first half?
This is not a sponsored post. I was given a pair of New Balance shoes to test for my training.