So you probably already registered for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon and you’re here because you’re unsure about how to do training for a half marathon. We believe that there are no shortcuts when it comes to training for a half marathon in Dubai – however, we believe that there are 6 crucial steps that will help you become ready and confident for the half marathon. 

1. Set a Specific Goal 

Before you do any training for a half marathon, you should have a specific goal in mind. Do you want to set a personal record or do you just want to finish the race? Having a clear goal in mind is crucial so you can adjust your training plan accordingly. To be able to set specific goals, you must be aware of your own performance. What was your best running performance? What was your last half marathon pace? How fast did you finish? If you joined last year’s Mai Dubai City Half Marathon – we suggest that you analyse your performance so you know which areas you want to focus on.  

2. Do Long Runs 

If you’re serious about the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon, long runs will be your best friend if you want to improve your half marathon performance. Long runs are for building up your endurance levels and will benefit you as a runner both mentally and physically. To improve your half marathon performance, you should do long runs at a steady and slower pace to build up and maintain your endurance. We suggest going for a long run at least 2x per week. If you’re an experienced half marathon runner, you could gradually increase your weekly long run to a half marathon distance to improve your endurance level and help you prepare for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. 

3. Improve Your Eating Habits 

Before running at the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon If you think your eating habits weren’t necessarily good last time, it’s time to reconsider your diet now. Your eating habits weeks or even months before the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon has a significant effect on your half marathon performance. Make sure that you’re consuming enough protein to build stronger muscles and consume the right amount and types of carbohydrates. If you can have access to a dietician, it is best to consult a dietitian who specializes in sports performance to make sure you are getting the macro and micronutrients your body needs. 

4. Let Your Body Recover the Right Way

Besides all the running and cross-training, there is another crucial part of a half marathon and that is recovering! You need to ensure that your body is healthy and strong enough to run in the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. This includes all kinds of things like foam rolling, stretching, and sleeping. Your body needs time to get over the intense training you are putting it through, so make sure you have at least one rest day per week built into your training plan for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. 

5. Embrace the Hills 

Hill running is extremely beneficial for enhancing your strength, speed and endurance which will result in significant improvements on your race performance in the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. Hill running will also help you develop your cardiovascular system and with only six weeks of regular hill training, you’ll see a significant improvement in your power and speed and perform much better in the next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon.  

6.  Run with friends 

You don’t have to run alone at the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon! We suggest running with some friends next time. Running with someone during your training or during running events can help boost your confidence and make running even more fun. You can also join running groups in Dubai to help you stay motivated and be a part of a community. 

Want to join a race event in Dubai this 2022? Check out the best running events in the city below: 

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 for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon now! To get more details about the next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon event, follow us at @promosevensports on Instagram!

Mai Dubai Community Run

The Mai Dubai Community Run previously known as the Skechers Performance Run has just concluded and will be held again in November 2022. 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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