Since 2009, I have run 12 half marathons and 1 full marathon. I’m going to give you one guess which of those distances I love the most
I’ve learned a lot about myself over those 157 miles, and that’s just the race itself. If you add up a typical half marathon training plan that lasts about 12 weeks, you’re running about 200 miles during that time frame. It’s a good amount of time and distance to either completely make yourself miserable, and those people usually do not make it back for a 2nd race, or allow yourself to go deep and use that time as meditation and reflection. I chose the latter.
I love the half marathon for five reasons.
1. It’s a great distance to train for without feeling like your life is being totally consumed by running. Yes, I loved training for my full marathon, but my weekend plans and after work life were a little non-existent during that time. The half allows you to have other interests, like taking yoga classes, having fun with your friends on a Thursday night because you don’t have 10 miles on a Friday morning before work. Not that I’m bashing the full, I’m just not as in love with it as the half!
2. It’s accessible. I love that I can usually convince anyone to train for a half marathon with me. Sometimes they hate me afterwards and sometimes they are signing up for more, but either way the distance always seemed doable.
3. You can do a few in a season without feeling torn up. Love exploring the country? Love seeing new sights? Or do you just love running? It’s more likely that you can schedule a few half marathons back to back a few months in a row and not feel like you’re on some Dean Karnazes type excursion.
4. It’s given me back twice what I’ve put into it. Each time I set out to train and run a half marathon, I get back more in lessons learned, friendships, and peace of mind that I could have ever imagined I would have gotten from just logging 30 miles a week. It’s a very giving distance.
5. It’s my race of choice. It was my first big “can I really do this?” bucket list thing that I crossed off. For that I think I will always be drawn to it. The half marathon is the first thing that taught me you can fall or fail and still succeed in the end. And each time I toe the line for another, my heart skips a beat because I’m still a little nervous and excited!
And I’m excited to be a Zooma Race Ambassador for a 2nd year in a row! I’ll be at the Annapolis Half Marathon on May 31st, 2014 ready to toe the starting line (injury free hopefully) with many women who are running their 15th or 1st!
If you’d like to join in on the is weekend, I have a special offer code for you: ANNAMB6 This code is good for 10% off the race fee and it expires 5/27/14! So use it, spread the love, and have a great girls weekend in Annapolis with me and other wonderful Zooma Ambassadors!
Also if you’re interested in telling the world you are training and running Zooma you can also use the offer code: TEE14 when registering. This code however is only good till 1/17!
And because I love the half marathon so much, Zooma will the my last stop on my 4 half marathon spring! Yes, that’s right, 4 half marathons between mid March and the end of May! Crazy? Yes, but hopefully it gets me into the Half Fanatics club
Here’s the line up:
March 15th: DC Rock N Roll Half Marathon
April 27th: NWM Half Marathon DC
May 4th: Pittsburgh Half Marathon
May 31st: Zooma Annapolis
And incase you’re wondering what my motivation is to get to the finish line?
Look no further
What’s your favorite race distance?