Can you really go from zero to 13.1 miles? Our resident coach has the answer.

half marathon

NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training!

Can I run a half marathon if I’ve never done a race before?

It’s definitely possible! Just about anyone can do any race distance if she has completed the proper training in advance. I would recommend finding a training group or a coach so that you can better ensure a successful first race. Since you have never raced before, it is crucial to have a slow progression with your training so that you minimize the risk of injury.

That said, do consider finishing a 5K or 10K beforehand (just as a part of your training) to help you get the feel for the race-day vibes. I bet you will find that not only will you have a better idea of what to expect, but it will also get you excited and more pumped up for your half marathon!

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