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Is it safe to run a half marathon if you're a teenager and will train?

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

And good luck!

In brief: Yes

And good luck!
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually

If you are well trained and healthy, you should be fine.
You should get advice from a coach or trainer knowledgeable in distance running before doing this. Get training plans from books - many out there, and running club members. Be sure to feel comfortable at a run of at least 9 - 10 miles in practice before attempting the half. Avoid the mistake of going too fast at the start.

In brief: Usually

If you are well trained and healthy, you should be fine.
You should get advice from a coach or trainer knowledgeable in distance running before doing this. Get training plans from books - many out there, and running club members. Be sure to feel comfortable at a run of at least 9 - 10 miles in practice before attempting the half. Avoid the mistake of going too fast at the start.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
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In brief: With proper training

With any endurance activities it is wise to have proper guidance.
Training with a club or group of experienced runners who can mentor you is helpful. Proper training and shoe gear is helpful in avoiding injury and discouragement. A simple tip in training is to follow the 10% rule: don't increase your mileage more than 10% a week or your longest run more than 10% a week. Dr l.

In brief: With proper training

With any endurance activities it is wise to have proper guidance.
Training with a club or group of experienced runners who can mentor you is helpful. Proper training and shoe gear is helpful in avoiding injury and discouragement. A simple tip in training is to follow the 10% rule: don't increase your mileage more than 10% a week or your longest run more than 10% a week. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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In brief: Yes

Many teenagers or younger are running 1/2 marathons.
Make sure you train properly.

In brief: Yes

Many teenagers or younger are running 1/2 marathons.
Make sure you train properly.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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