So you’re ready for a new challenge! Whether you’re planning on running a 5K, 10K, or  you’re joining the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon, there are many things you need to consider before starting your training program. We’ll walk through each step of creating a half marathon training plan so that you can start preparing for your big race day. 

1. Start with a Base Race 

A base run/walk schedule is an essential part of any half marathon training plan. It’s also one of the easiest things to do when planning for your first half marathon. If you’re new to running, you should start by walking at least five miles per week. This will give you plenty of time to build up your endurance before attempting to run longer distances in events such as the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. 

2. Add Some Speed Work 

Running faster than 5mph (8 km/h) for short periods of time will help improve your cardiovascular system and prepare you for longer runs. Start by running intervals of 30 seconds at a pace of 6 mph (10km/h). Gradually increase the duration of each interval as you progress through your training program until the day of the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon! 

3. Build Strength 

If you’re new to running, you might not realise that there’s more to running than just speed. There are three main categories of runners: distance runners, sprinters, and middle-distance runners. Whatever kind of runner you are, you need to build strength, endurance, and speed, then you need to start with a solid base. That means you need to build on your aerobic capacity by doing lots of low intensity cardio. Then, once you’ve got your base covered, you can move onto more intense workouts.

4. Include Long Runs 

Running a half marathon requires a lot of stamina and endurance. It’s not uncommon for people who haven’t trained for a race to walk during the event. However, if you want to finish strong, you need to train for at least one long run. A long run should last between 30 minutes and 2 hours. This will help you prepare for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon and help you learn how to cope with fatigue when you encounter it during the race.

4. Finish Strong

If you’re joining the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon, you’ll probably start with a 5K (3.1 mile) run. After completing several runs, you’ll move up to a 10K (6.2 mile) run. Then, after finishing several more 10K runs, you’ll move into a full 21km (13miles). We highly recommend starting training now to give yourself more time to train for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. 

Check out the best running events in Dubai:

Mai Dubai City Half Marathon 

The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is one of the most popular running events in Dubai. The next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon will be held on the 30th of October 2022. Register here

Mai Dubai Community Run

The Mai Dubai Community Run previously known as the Skechers Performance Run will be back in November at the Ripe Market. The Mai Dubai Community Run has 2.5 km, 5km, and 10km races available and it’s a family-friendly event which is great if you want to bring your family with you. Register here! 

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay 

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay was held in DIFC last 9th of February 2022. The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is the only corporate race in the world and anyone can enter as a team of 10 for a great team-building activity.

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