Training for a Fall Half Marathon in the Summer

Bring it Inside

Training for a half marathon should also include some shorter strategic runs. While the treadmill isn't everyone's favorite, it's a great way to beat the heat and really allows you to hone in on a pace. Shorter speedwork or tempo runs are perfect for the treadmill. Choose a machine under the A/C, select your favorite TV show, and you're on your way.

Quick Tip

Hard efforts in the summer will take more of a toll on your body, so reducing the duration of a workout will provide benefits without risks.

Training Tips

During summer workouts, paces that felt easy in the fall and winter will feel tougher to maintain. The effort from running hard in heat and humidity can quickly catch up with you, so it's important to temper your expectations. Don't be too hard on yourself if you need to slow down.

If you don’t have access to a treadmill, making a hard effort shorter can sometimes be just as effective. Hard efforts in the summer will take more of a toll on your body, so reducing the duration of a speed workout will still provide benefits without the risks of dehydration and overexertion.

Another tip for training in the summer is to add a day or two of active recovery. This can include swimming or cycling, which can help your body recover from tough runs in the heat.

Scheduling Around a Vacation

Summer months can also mean lots of scheduled vacations and outings. If you are traveling, find a running group in your vacation destination. You can squeeze in a run with them and be comfortable knowing you won't get lost.
It's also helpful to plan your runs around planned outings so that you don't miss out on memories with family and friends. Including other activities that keep you active while on vacation will help keep you in shape while you are out of town, even if you find yourself a bit off your training plan.

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About the Author

Beth Shaw

Beth Shaw is a USA Track and Field Certified Coach and a US Masters Swimming Certified Coach who has completed numerous marathons, road races and an Ironman triathlon. Beth writes a fitness blog called Discombobulated Running and has contributed to Women's Running. She also coaches runners to reach their athletic goals. You can follow her on Twitter.
Beth Shaw is a USA Track and Field Certified Coach and a US Masters Swimming Certified Coach who has completed numerous marathons, road races and an Ironman triathlon. Beth writes a fitness blog called Discombobulated Running and has contributed to Women's Running. She also coaches runners to reach their athletic goals. You can follow her on Twitter.

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