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More and more novice runners attempt a half-marathon after a lackadaisical preparation. Several things cannot be overlooked when running 21.1km.
It is tempting to be fooled by the word 'half'! However, running half a marathon is not an easy task. Especially when you are new to running. Before starting, heed this advice: take part in several standard and timed 10 km races before thinking of running a semi.
Ask yourself several common sense questions before confirming your registration for a 21.1 km race:
The effort you make during a half-marathon is always - always! – a reflection of the work put in during training. Hoping to run more than two hours, sometimes much longer, without going through a preparation phase can be dangerous: don't do anything which may compromise your health and/or disgust you from running for a long time.
Wearing a bib on your chest on the big day is always a victory! It is objective proof that you carried out your preparation to completion, that nothing -- no good or bad excuses -- could affect it. The final objective, up until the minutes before the start, is to do nothing that may prevent the completion of your final objective. For runners of all levels, this is to complete the 21.1km.
Being able to put in regular effort and to harmoniously experience a timed event (for the first time or for the hundredth time): adventure calls !
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