ACE THE RACE
Tips to nail a perfect half marathon
The excitement at the start makes it all too easy to go out at an unsustainable pace. This could lead to you feeling awful in the later miles or, worse, failing to finish. Firstor second-time half marathoners might run the first 10 miles easy and the last 5K a bit harder, while more experienced runners could run the first seven or eight miles at a moderate pace before picking it up.
Mental lapses are common in the middle section of a half marathon. The pace shouldn’t feel too hard in terms of your breathing for most of the race, but you’ll still need to concentrate to maintain the correct effort level as the miles tick by. Otherwise, there is a good chance your mile splits will start slowing down. Concentrating on a rhythmic, repetitive pattern can have a calming effect on your mental state. Try repeatedly counting to eight as you run.
SET MIDRUN GOALS
Setting small interim targets will help you maintain intensity and breaks the race down into manageable chunks. Vow to push until the next mile marker, or remind yourself that you’ll be at the top of the next hill in a minute.