Have you committed to running your first half marathon? Well, congratulations! You are in for quite an accomplishment. It will be an uphill battle (pun intended). With the right approach, you can set yourself up for a very positive experience on race day.
I remember the day I completed my first half marathon in August 2014. It was a little over a month after I committed and began training to run my first half marathon in July 2014. My wife was kind enough to join me.
We decided to run and walk it as it gave me a chance to prove I could make the distance. I was a few weeks into training for my first “official” half, which I was set to run in November.
It was an amazing bonding experience for us. We got to do something challenging together. She was working as a real estate agent at the time and finished the half marathon working out a deal on her phone. I had decided to run the last mile.
We got much-deserved ice cream afterwards, drove the hour home, showered and promptly collapsed into bed I think in our robes. It’s a great thing we weren’t parents yet.
Ok, so why do I tell you all this? Well, because running your first half marathon is an experience. And it’s most enjoyed with others who can encourage, motivate, and pick you up (sometimes literally) when you fall.
Runners have an amazing sense of community. And that concept is especially crucial in distance running. No runner is an island out there. It’s best to learn that concept now before you embark on running your first half marathon.