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Bust Through These 5 Common Misconceptions Before Your First Half-Marathon

I don't really know why I decided I wanted to run a half-marathon. I think it fell somewhere between wanting to put all the miles I was running toward a goal and wanting my future grandkids to think I did some cool things back in my day. There's a lot of things out there about half-marathons, though, things that made me feel like maybe I wasn't cut out for it or the "type" of person who ran one.

Looking back, I think it was stubbornness more than athleticism that got me across the finish line. It wasn't easy by any means, but it also wasn't quite as difficult as I'd expected. So I'm glad for that stubbornness, because without it, I may have given in to the negativity and missed out on the chance to achieve something I'm pretty proud of.

If you're considering running one, here are some of the biggest half-marathon misconceptions and why you shouldn't let them stop you.

1. You have to be a runner

Don't let lack of experience or intimidation hold you back. People of all ages, shapes, and sizes run half-marathons. Seeing that was one of my favorite parts of the whole experience. You don't need a goal time. You don't even need to run the whole time! There's not one way and one way only to do a half-marathon. If you're starting from scratch, it may take you a little longer to work your way up. But the process is kind of why you signed up, right? The only thing you really have to be is determined to stick with it.

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