Reasons to Run a Half Marathon
Running a marathon is no simple feat. The months of training and 26.2 miles on race day can be the pinnacle of a runner’s career. But a half marathon of 13.1 miles is becoming one of the most popular running distances all over the globe, and here’s why;
The sense of achievement of running a marathon is what appeals to a lot of people. But the months and months of training and the marathon itself take can it out of a lot of people. A half marathon is an achievable distance that you can aim and not only finishing, but finishing in good time.
Discover new running routes
When training for half marathon, especially if you are already a runner, you might run the distance a few times before the actual race, unlike a marathon. This means you can stretch out your training route to discover route’s you’ve never ran before.
Time for yourself
The training for a marathon can take at least 6 months, maybe more. It can become an obsession. Time away from your social life is never good and a half marathon takes up less time for training and more time to yourself.
Travel to new destinations
Entering a race abroad is a great reason to travel. You can use this reason to run a full marathon as well, but the fatigue after a half marathon wont be half as bad, meaning you can really enjoy yourself after.
Building for a full marathon
Okay so you’re committed to a full marathon and you’re a couple of months to race day. Enter a half and test your fitness. Use a half marathon to gauge if you’re race pace is fully achievable.
Soak up the marathon atmosphere (without the marathon).
While there a few stand alone half marathon races out there, the vast majority of half marathons occur alongside a full marathon. This means you’ll still have the same atmosphere as the marathon runners. Soak it up and enjoy it!
5k and 10k races are great for keeping your fitness up and achievable targets for new runners. Entering a half marathon is the next step on the ladder and ideal for increasing your fitness even further.
Reduce the risk of injury
Training for a half marathon doesn’t require the training intensity of full marathon. Therefore you won’t need to push yourself that bit further each week and injuries will be less likely.
So there you have it, running a half marathon is an ideal distance for a lot of reasons, these are just a few. The most important thing is you’re getting out there a enjoying your training, for whatever your cause or distance is.
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