Getting up right now and running 26.219 miles in a marathon might sound scary or even running a half marathon at 13 miles, but it is possible. However if you haven’t or you aren’t used to running those long distances, you will definitely need to work on building up your stamina and training before just going out and running that far.
So if your interested in getting outside this spring to run in a full or half marathon, UREC offers different conditioning and cardio classes and also has a huge supply of treadmills. If you need some tips, I also asked JMU senior Jill Herkins for her running advice and how she prepares for running half marathons:
Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to run a half marathon?
A: It really is not as intimidating as it seems, and setting your mind to the right mental mindset is all you really need to get started.
Q: What do you consider to be the most important part or training for a marathon/half marathon?
A: As cheesy as it is, I would say believing in yourself. Some days its easy to pop out of bed, and some days it seems impossible to get up and train, but you just need to push yourself.
Q: What is your favorite part about running in marathons?
A: Finishing the race, as tired as I may be in the last few miles, I tend to get a runner’s high and the adrenaline and endorphins keep me pumping across the finish line.
Q: Which marathon has been your favorite?
A: My favorite race I’ve done was one that I ran in Virginia Beach a few years ago, and there were so many people screaming and bands playing every few miles, it was a really cool environment.
Here is a list of some upcoming marathons:
- The Sledge: March 4th in Danville, VA
- Newport New One City Marathon: March 12th in Newport News, VA
- Instant Classic Marathon: March 18th in Chesterfield, VA
- Shamrock Marathon: March 19th in Virginia Beach, VA
- Charlottesville Marathon: April 1st in Charlottesville, VA
Let us know about your favorite marathons!