Pick a Plan
We have designed training plans for all levels of fitness. The Beginner plans are designed for your first-time runner looking to complete the distance and enjoy the day without putting too much importance on time. The Improver plan is designed for a runner looking to improve on previous race experiences. The Advanced plan is for experienced runners looking to build on previous performances and achieve the sought after Personal Best!
The training plans should be used as a guide and work around your everyday life, we have also included some top tips from our team to go alongside your plan.
Strength in Numbers
Whether you are an experienced runner or taking on your first Half Marathon having a running buddy or training group can often help keep you on track when training gets tough.
There will be times when work or the weather amongst other things will affect your mood ahead of an important run making it easy to skip it. You may think to yourself – “not today, I’ll run tomorrow instead”
Having someone to run with on those days will help you stick to your plan and help you be better prepared for the big day.
Practice your Race Day Hydration & Nutrition
A Half Marathon puts your body under a lot of stress, we train for race day to get our body ready for the exertion of running 13.1 miles, we also need to prepare our bodies by practicing our hydration and nutrition.
It is important to fuel before and after your run as well as during to keep your body working efficiently. Training is where you practice different types of hydration and fuelling to find one your body agrees with. With water stations available on race day to help you stay hydrated, practice your hydration on your training runs.
Use your long run day to find the best pre-and post-run meal that best prepares your body and helps you recover afterwards. You will also need to practice using energy gels, bars, chews etc during these runs, these will help keep you going during your long run and also on race day.
Don’t try anything new during Race Week, your body may not agree with it.
Once you catch the running bug it’s very easy to ignore recovery runs & rest days as you enjoying running so much you want to get out at every opportunity. Your plan should include recovery runs and rest days. It is extremely important that you stick to your plan and give your body time to recover from a hard session, otherwise all that hard work you’ve put in could be undone by picking up an injury.
Having some time off and putting your feet up won’t make you any less fit, it will have the opposite effect! Proper recovery will help your body prepare for the sessions to come to allow you to get the most out of a run and more importantly – stay injury free.
Quality over Quantity – it’s not the end of the world if you have to replace your recovery runs with additional rest days, make sure you get your Long Run, Tempo & Speed sessions done.
If you haven’t signed up to #RunSwansea yet don’t worry as there is still plenty of time. The JCP Swansea Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 23rd June starting at the Brangwyn Hall, taking runners through the city on closed roads along Swansea Bay to Mumbles, returning to finish at Swansea Museum.
The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is a road race that is flat, fast on a course that is perfect for beginners, and first-time half marathon runners.
The race has been recognised as being the “Best Half Marathon” in the UK at the UK Running Awards in 2017 and 2018, runners can expect a fully marshalled course on closed roads, bespoke medal, technical t-shirt, on route entertainment and a goody bag for all finishers.
Go to www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk for further race details, ‘like’ the Facebook page www.facebook.com/SwanseaHalf and follow @Swansea_HM #Run5wansea on Twitter and @swanseahalfmarathon on Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.