First half marathon tips: 10 things I wish I’d known before running my first half marathon

My first half marathon was a physical and mental roller coaster. There are so many first half marathon tips out there, it’s hard to know what to believe. After all, everyone’s approach to training and preparing for a half marathon is different. And running the race itself. One minute I loved it, the next I hated it and questioned why I was putting myself through this self-inflicted torture! Through all...

How to run a half marathon in 2 hours or less

A race strategy that tells you how to run a half marathon in 2 hours or less looks at everything from your pace to your form.  If your training for your next half marathon, you may be wanting to achieve your next PB. Running a sub-2 hour half marathon is a huge achievement. I remember when I first started running half marathons. A race time of 2 hours or less...

5 important things to remember when setting effective running goals

Setting effective running goals is surprisingly hard to get right. Whether you’re training for your first 5k or looking to run your first half marathon, running goals help you keep on track. Many runners make the mistake of setting vague goals in the hope of achieving them, when in fact they need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound. In other words, they need to follow the S.M.A.R.T...

How to pace your run: 4 simple tips for effective pacing during your run

How you pace your run can make a huge difference to your race time. Every runner has experienced it. You set off on your run feeling fresh so you decide to run a little faster than normal, then half way through you start to flag. The lactic acid starts to pool in your legs and they gradually turn to jelly. It’s either continue on with heavy legs, or cut your...

8 ways to run for longer without getting so tired

As a runner, you may have thought of ways to run for longer without getting so tired. Endurance and stamina are incredibly important for runners. If you’re a beginner, you’re probably thinking if and when it will get easier. If you’re more advanced, you may be thinking of ways to get faster. It’s natural for new and experienced runners alike to want to build up their endurance so they can...

Race review: Cambridge Half Marathon

The Cambridge Half Marathon started in 2011 and 8 years later it is going from strength to strength. Here is my Cambridge Half Marathon race review. With over 10,000 runners in the 2019, it is one of the UK’s biggest races. With its flat course, it attracts runners from across the country, and indeed worldwide, who are looking to achieve a PB. I’ve personally entered into five of the eight...

6 ways to recover after a half marathon

Congratulations on completing your half marathon! It’s important to recover after a half marathon. Whether it was your first or seventh race, there are steps you can take to reduce muscle soreness, rebuild your body’s fuel supply, and get back to your normal running and fitness routine sooner rather than later. There are different ways to rest and recover after a half marathon. Whatever you do, it’s important to give...

6 running accessories I swear by during half marathon training

There are so many running accessories for half marathon training out there, but all you really need is a decent pair of running shoes (and clothes, of course!) In this guide, I’d like to write about some of my must have running accessories for half marathon training.  Starting out If you’re new to running, you don’t need to fork out loads of money on expensive equipment or accessories to get...

10 tips on how to train for your first half marathon

Your first half marathon is a pretty big deal. At 13.1 miles, it’s a distance that shouldn’t be underestimated, and takes a decent amount of training to get you to the finish line. I’d like to share some tips and advice for training for your first half marathon. Whether you’re focusing on building your performance or endurance for your first race, or simply wanting to learn more about half marathon...