As difficult as the situation is that we currently find ourselves in, we all want something to set our sights on and take our minds off what’s going on in the World around us. We all know how important staying active, healthy and fit is and running is a great way to do this for our minds and body, so we would like to continue to provide goals for our runners whilst maintaining current governmental and public health advice.
The good news is that if you are new or returning to running after some time off, training for a half-marathon is manageable even for the busiest of us! So why not use this time to ensure you make the most of your exercise once a day and get yourselves running.
The half marathon is the perfect distance for beginners and for the more experienced, wanting to achieve that sense of accomplishment. That is why we at Front Runner Events were keen to establish the JCP Swansea Half Marathon, Llanelli Half Marathon and Great Welsh Half. Thankfully, our first race of the year took place before COVID-19 hit the UK, however we have had to postpone the remaining two and offer a virtual race as an option.
Now, if you can manage two to three miles at a time, starting off with walk-run-walk, a couple of times per week, you can get into half-marathon shape in 12 weeks providing you stick to a plan. To help, we have put together a variety of plans to suit all levels of ability, so we’re sure you’ll find one to suit you! To find your plan go to: https://bit.ly/2zmewO1
You will need to bear in mind that you should add a weekend run that is a slightly longer distance once you feel confident to do so. Once you gain momentum you will be running—four to five miles in no time, then you can gradually build up to,7, 8, 9 or 10 miles over the course of the 12 weeks.
The best thing about a half marathon is that the training is usually lifestyle friendly that includes a few days of running or jogging, a couple days of cross-training, and a couple days of rest will get you into shape. Here are a few TIPS to make sure you train responsibly during this time:
- Run in your local area – starting from home (don’t drive).
- Run alone or only with household members.
- Greet fellow runners with a wave rather than calling out.
- Run with your phone in case you need to call for help.
- Think about when & where you will run – avoid gatherings, use wide lanes or spaces which are likely to be quieter.
- Be aware of your surroundings - If you are approaching people slow down and maintain at least 2 metres distance (plan your pass – let them you know you are there, go around them, cross over etc).
- Wear hi-vis gear if you have it so you stand out (particularly around dawn or dusk).
- Try and wear a buff and gloves if possible.
- Wash or shower as soon as you return home.
- Be sensible, stay safe!
To find alternative or additional challenges our training partners at realbuzz.com have some great ideas to mix up your running. To find out more and how you can make the most of your training head to their pages here.