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YOUR BETTER HALF

MR’S RESIDENT RUNNING GURU MARTIN YELLING GIVES YOU THE FULL STORY ON HALF MARATHON TRAINING

The half marathon is a great distance. It’s long enough to be a stamina stretch but doesn’t require the extra training demands of a full marathon. Half marathons are perfect ways to push a few boundaries, to run further or faster than before, yet they’re also a realistic and achievable goal to work towards.

WHY BOTHER WITH A HALF?

For marathon runners, it’ll do you good to drop down a distance, reduce your mileage and up your speed. Being in PB half marathon shape also represents a great springboard to catapult you into your best marathon build-up ever.

For regular 10K racers, stepping up to the half marathon will help to develop your strength, stamina and running efficiency. This means when you drop down a distance again, you’ll be stronger for longer and so able to crank up the intensity.

However, don’t underestimate the half as ‘neither here nor there’. You’ll certainly know about it if you hit 10 miles and have over-cooked the first half. Equally, you’ll be frustrated if you chug round in the comfort of marathon pace.

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Haruki Murakami, author of ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ has an apposite quote for describing our sport: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” I’ve thought a lot about this quote over the years - and it’s taken me just as long to understand what he’s trying to say. My personal take on it is that we all know that running hurts, it’s just how we channel that pain and deal with it mentally that makes the difference. Over the years, Men’s Running has delivered hundreds of articles about how to train to make the pain as painless as possible. We’ve talked to experts about how to train intelligently for every distance and brought you training plans to nail PBs from 5K to a marathon. We’ve rounded up the best of these and brought them to you in one guide so that you can simply run faster. And, remember, suffering is optional!