Preparing for a half-marthon
(Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
I'm going to run a half-marathon, but I don't know where to run it. I am currently practicing a 6 mi. up and down-hill run, but I also need tips. Basically I need to know some good half-marathons in the Phoenix vicinity and how I can get ready for a half-marathon and have enough energy to sprint at the end.
The biggest 1/2 marathon in your area include the Phoenix Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon on Jan. 16, 2011.
Another event that you would have to wait for until next year is the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA 1/2 Marathon. This happened in October of 2010.
There is another marathon nearby in Spring (held last year in March) in Scotsdale called the Valley of the Sun 1/2 Marathon.
As for finishing strong in a 1/2 marathon, you have to train smart. Build up your strength and endurance by following a specific training plan.
I recommend Marius Bakken's 100 Day Marathon Plan. It has a section where you can adapt the training to a 1/2 marathon. This program will definitely get you in great shape for your race. I can't guarantee you'll be able to sprint at the finish because every race is different. For instance, if you run really slow on purpose for 13 miles, of course you'll be able to sprint.
Focus on adding a little speed work in your training. After some distance runs, make sure to do some strides where you get to about 90% of your top speed. This can definitely help remind your legs they can still run fast when tired.
- Coach Tief