How much training should I do for a half marathon?
Training for a half marathon is an essential and demanding part of the race.
First, you should understand that if you are not an athlete, it is unlikely that you can run a 21 km distance without much difficulty.
If you decide to take part in a half marathon, here are a few of our recommendations:
- Be patient; it can take up to 16 weeks to train.
- Talk to a coach or friend who has already run marathons and can keep you motivated, supervise and distribute your efforts correctly.
- Vary your training programme - do long and fast runs and include recovery runs.
- Alternate landscape and running parameters: asphalt, cross-country, uphill, downhill, on a treadmill and at the stadium.
- Add general physical exercises (dumbbells, horizontal bars, parallel bars) and stretching.
- Gradually increase your running distances.
- Add 2-4 runs of up to 21km to your training to prepare mentally.
- Don't forget to rest and recover.
- After 2 to 3 weeks, gradually reduce the load so that the body has time to recover before the half marathon.
Answer: Preparing for a half marathon depends on your physical condition, but it takes 10 to 16 weeks on average.