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To Women, The Half Marathon Is Here To Stay

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 5, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM UTC

Women are completing the 13.1-mile distance in record numbers.

Running USA previously reported about the rising popularity in its State of the Sport and now other news outlets are picking up on this new racing phenomenon. Specifically, Rene Lynch of the Los Angeles Times, who penned this article about the race’s appeal to women runners.

A record 1.1 million women completed a half marathon last year in the United States. This equates to 60 percent of all finishers.

In her article, Lynch interviews former elite runner turned coach Jeff Galloway.

“The half-marathon is a whole lot less wear and tear and a whole lot less time,” Galloway says. “Training for a half-marathon gives you significantly more a sense of satisfaction than a 10K, and if you do it right, you don’t have to beat yourself up in training.”

Galloway says training for a half is different than a shorter distance in that runners need to teach themselves to slow down. He recommends one long run a week at a pace that is two minutes (per mile) slower than race goal pace.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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