According to Instagram, I ran my first half-marathon 109 weeks ago. It was a challenge my boyfriend and I had given each other and we completed it on a hot August day! We completed our first half-marathon in Tremblant, the event is called Demi-marathon de Mont-Tremblant. The course is truly beautiful starting near the casino and ending in St-Jovite, but it is one rough course. There are A LOT of hills.
Once I completed the race, the pain was real, but I loved the experience and decided to complete a second one that year with a friend in Oka. The second race wasn’t quite as hard, but it was one chilly day of November! Last year, I completed my third race in Montreal taking part in the Rock’n’Roll Marathon in Montreal. I admit I hadn’t trained enough for this one and the weather was much hotter than expected for September. However, the beginning of the race on the Jacques-Cartier bridge gave me the best feeling ever!
In a few weeks, I’ll partake in my fourth race in Saint-Sauveur! Here are some tips to get your started.
My tips to get race ready
- Start to train early. A half-marathon is no joke, the pain you’ll feel is real and your body has to be used to feeling it for the race to go well.
- My best races have always happened when I’ve been training for at least 4 months.
- Use a running app to moderate your progress.
- I personally love Nike Running.
- Run with water, especially in the summer.
- There is no need to deprive your body from water. Carry a water-bottle or a water-belt to make sure you’re always hydrated.
- Stretch or walk after each race.
- I personally don’t do this enough, but every time I’ve done it the next days have been easier.
- Don’t just run. Add some spinning, pilates or yoga to this routine. This allows your body to stay active and not to be bored by it.
Be sure to enjoy the experience and share it with someone. Make sure someone meets you at the arrival and take the time to fuel with some food after the race, you’ll need it!