There is no greater feeling in life then achieving your goal (whatever that may be) and the sense of pride and accomplishment it brings! Crossing the finish line was a fantastic personal achievement and I was over the moon to place 11th in the female under 35s category! So here are my 9 tips for completing a Walking Half Marathon!
Train – Although walking is something you probably do everyday distance walking takes endurance and stamina. Doing a few practice walks (10/15K) will definitely help get you ready for race day! Don’t underestimate the distance as walking constantly for 3-5 hours is tougher then it looks!
Accessible to all – With a bit of training this is a challenge that everyone can take part in with a. It of training!
Wear good footwear – Good shoes are really important to support your feet and avoid blisters!
Find a pacer – Find a group of people to keep up with and try to match their pace. This is great motivation!
Keep Going – Try to walk the route without stopping and taking any breaks. This will ensure you keep your momentum!
Take a sugar boost – Take some sweets/chocolate to boost your energy levels! It helps especially with the final few miles!
Do it for charity – It’s a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause and it’ll motivate you to complete the challenge!
Persevere – Walking 13.1 miles is a tough challenge and the last few miles can be a bit of a struggle. Your legs will be hurting and it’ll feel like it’s taking longer then the first few! Don’t give up, finishing is a great feeling of achievement!
Id like to say a huge Thank You to: the St Albans Half Marathon team who organised a fantastic event; all the marshals and supporters for their encouragement and Make A Wish for all their support!
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Until Next Time – Inspires Adventure!