Common half marathon runners' questions
Find out ways to help your runners with the questions they need answers to
Running a half marathon is a great way to break into event fundraising. We receive loads of questions from runners who are nervous as they head towards an event. Feel free to share these FAQs with your half marathon runners to give them some guidance as they head toward the big day.
How much time should I plan to get to the half marathon?
Plan your travel to the start line and don't be late. Due to the number of people taking part it will take longer to get around. Give yourself plenty of time so that you avoid the stress of rushing.
How can I plan for the route I will be taking?
Familiarise yourself as much as possible with the route prior to the race. Check YouTube to see if there are any videos uploaded from the race from a previous year to assist you.
I am nervous about running, what if I cannot sleep on the evening before the race?
Don’t worry if you don’t sleep that well the night before. It will be normal to be nervous and full of adrenaline. Just make sure you get plenty of rest in the week leading up to the race. Be prepared to clear your social calendar, as the more rest you get the better.
Should I follow a specific nutrition plan?
Research a good nutrition programme, not just for training but also for before and after the race. Pick a diet that works for you and stick to it.
What should I take with me on the day?
Take some food in your dropped bag for after the race. You will be hungry and as it will be very crowded it will be difficult to buy food. Plan for the weather on the day and pack appropriately with extra layers or sun tan lotion and don’t forget to bring your family and friends to cheer you on.
What about my running equipment?
Get some proper running shoes that are comfortable and suit your style of running. This doesn’t necessarily mean buying the most expensive trainers. Be sure to break the shoes in for at least two weeks prior to the race. Likewise, make sure your clothing is also comfortable and fits well. Use Vaseline or Bodyglide if you need it to avoid chafing. Definitely do not break in a new outfit on race day!
How should I pace myself during the race?
As the race begins don’t get carried away. Run at a pace that suits you and stick to your training plan. It’s easy to get carried away but you really need to run your own race and don’t get worried about being overtaken even if it is by a man with a fridge on his back.
Are there any ways to reduce injury that I should know about?
Get yourself a muscle roller and use it as much as possible. If you can tolerate it, having an ice bath after long training session can really help. Point your runners to our Running For Good Facebook group as we will be providing lots of guidance and training tips there to help them along the way!