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Training for a half marathon

As one of the sponsors of the Cambridge Half Marathon, we've brought together our top experts in sports and exercise science to give you the best advice whether you're a first time half marathon runner or a seasoned pro. With tips including training, nutrition and motivation we have you covered both before and during race day. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy it! Signing up was the first step, with our tips we'll help you through the rest.

Training Plan

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The following training plan has been created by Dr James Johnstone our Acting Head of Department for Life Sciences and Head of The Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences

James Johnstone

Dr James Johnstone

Planning Training 1 – If you fail to plan, you’ll plan to fail!

There are a few things to consider before you get started with your training. Before any training programme, you should check with your doctor that you are in good health and do not train if injured.

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Planning Training 2 – Recreational schedule (ten weeks)

One way to plan and progress training in an organised manner is to try to work backwards from race day. If you are starting to train from 19 December, there are ten weeks to the race in March.

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Training and recovery

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Are you an experienced endurance runner interested in achieving a sub 90 minute marathon time? Paralympian Dr Dan Gordon talks us through what it takes to run a quick half marathon.

How can you recovery quickly and effectively from your training session? Find out more about 'active recovery' and how this can help.

Should you go full throttle right to the end of your training? Learn more about the benefits of Tapering (reducing the amount you train as you approach Race Day).

Diet and energy

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A half marathon can seem like a difficult challenge for new runners but the key is preparation. Our nutrition and physiology expert Dr Justin Roberts talks us through the key points to consider when attempting your first half marathon.

Whether you are a new or experienced runner diet is hugely important to ensure you achieve the best performance to get you across the finish line. Dr Roberts continues his advice, explaining why diet is important when training for a half marathon.

Is your training leaving you without any energy? Find out how your diet could be the problem.

Are you considering sports drinks and gels as part of your Half Marathon plan? Find out whether they're really worth the hype.