Half Marathon Training /Tips/ Trainers

I have signed up to the Royal Parks half marathon in October, I often run 5-10k but have not attempted anything higher than this to date. I would love some advice on sourcing the right training plan (ideally using a blend of running/cross-trainer as I tore my ACL in 2018). Any additional tips would be great too.

I am also looking for a new pair of running trainers & a running vest. Any recs greatfully recieved! xx


How exciting! The Royal Parks is such a fun half marathon - you will love it. I have used the Bupa training plans for both half and full marathons. they are simple but easy to follow and they are split between beginner, intermediate and advanced: https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/exercise-fitness/running-programme-half-marathon

Trainers are so individual - have you thought about getting a gait analysis? Runners Need, Run & Become etc all offer them. Hoka, Nike and Asics are my go-to brands.

Cross training - not sure if you do any form of strength training but this is essential if you want to be a stronger and more efficient runner, and keep your knee happy! Ten Health & Fitness do a great runner’s MOT that may help - they can help you with specific stretches, etc.

Other kit - a good running belt is essential. I love Spibelt, https://www.spibelt.co.uk/ and start practicing with gels and nutrition now! I love Torq gels as they are runnier than others and easier to digest.

Good luck! x

Thanks, Tor this is great! I also do strength training & yoga so fingers crossed I will manage! xx

You are going to smash it! Plus, summer training is the best.

I also wrote this which may be helpful: https://sheerluxe.com/life/expert-tips-running-marathon


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Watch the interview with amazing marathon winner Rose Harvey on the SL Show, in which she does her top ten tips, its fab! x

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Oh our Guest Edit of SLMan with William Goodge will be very helpful for you! Also feel Daisy can give you lots of tips!

Thanks all! x