Whether this is your first half marathon, or your hundredth, and whether you’re a walker, a runner or somewhere in between, everyone benefits from some guidance and motivation now and then, and a structured training plan to keep on track to smash those goals.New Zealand ultra distance runners Lisa Tamati and Neil Wagstaff from Running Hot Coaching have decades of experience participating in events around the world, clocking up hundreds of thousands of kilometres training. This year they’ve partnered with us to provide a free training plan to support you on your journey to the Vineyard Half. Alternatively, you can join their online team now for $99 for 12 months, and get access to their strength and conditioning programme, mobility and flexibility plans, recipes, articles, videos and support from a like minded community.
Hydration and Nutrition
After perfecting your running training, it’s important not to forget your race day nutrition plan. Fueling correctly on race day can account for 80% of your success and enjoyment out on course. Plus practising your race strategy in training to ensure you can tolerate your race nutrition. Our bodies have adequate reserves for the first hour or so of exercise, however the quicker you begin to refuel, the less likely fatigue will hit like a freight train, so start within the first 20 minutes of the event. Evenly spread your energy needs over each hour to ensure a consistent supply of fuel. Don’t rely on natural hunger and thirst cues! Set repeating 15-20 minute alarms on your watch to avoid race distractions and help cement this habit and ensure you hydrate at every aid station.
PeakFuel will be providing electrolyte hydration at some aid stations, providing a quality New Zealand made natural sports drink to help you reach your peak performance on race day. To find out how to plan your training & race day nutrition, read an easy to understand guide here.