Getting into the Half Marathon frame of Mind

It’s great way to see the improvements you’ve made so far: See your hard work paying off and really feel you’re moving in the right direction.

It’s a good opportunity to assess your fitness: From your result in the half marathon, you have some very current data with which to work out your predicted marathon ‘finish time’.

It gives us the opportunity to practice your pre-race day routine: Now is the time to make mistakes with your pre-race day routine and correct any errors before the big day:

  • choose the right kit you’ll need on race day
  • decide what and when to eat
  • plan your route to the start
  • be prepared for queues for the toilets, putting your bag on a baggage truck
  • standing around in a starting pen, waiting to start

Doing a race is a big deal, and we want to make sure that before your marathon you’ve had a chance practice everything and so it’s not such a shock to the system.

Race Plan

You’ll also want to have a bit of a Race Plan for the day. We suggest splitting the half marathon up into 3 sections:

Miles 0 – 7

Miles 7 – 10

Miles 10 – 13.1

The first 7 miles want to be at a controlled effort level, not working so hard that you are out of breath, but also remembering that it isn’t easy running. This is the hardest part of get ‘right’ but it’s about controlled working

Miles 7 – 10 are when you want to raise the effort level to threshold. So it starts to feel like controlled discomfort, you are working harder to maintain the pace (or picking it up a little). You will likely hear your breathing more at this point. It is a challenge

The final 3.1 miles are a pure race. You are just going as hard as you can and working as quick as possible

Got questions?

Our friendly team would be happy to help. Get in touch with the team by emailing [email protected].