These are great tips even if you are a seasoned runner.
1. Build up to higher distances gradually
If you’ve never gone more than 3 miles, it’s not a good idea to have your next run be a 10-mile run. Take a few weeks to gradually increase your mileage and build up to the higher miles.
2. Don’t try to increase speed on longer runs
Longer runs should be done at a steady, slower than average pace. Doing speed work training, or short distances at slightly higher pace, will be much more effective when it comes to helping your pace increase.
3. Take time for recovery
Not only is a recovery run (very slow pace) needed on a regular basis during training, but taking a day off should be part of your routine. A walk or swim is considered active recovery, so you can use cross training as a recovery day. Also get plenty of sleep!
4. Swap between two pairs of running shoes
If you can, purchase two pairs of running shoes for your half marathon training. One shoe should be a trainer for shorter distances. Often, this is where a lightweight shoe is helpful. One shoe should be a longer distance trainer. A bit more cushion is usually ideal for that second shoe. Most importantly, make sure to get a proper fitting for the running shoes prior to purchasing so you don’t end up in the wrong type of shoe.
5. Fuel during your training
It’s important to fuel your body, especially for distance running. As your body’s electrolytes become depleted, water is simply not enough for endurance training. Find what works for you and stick with it during the race. No new nutrition on race day! Protein and carbs are important to consume after the race.