I’ve been an avid runner since college. Right now, I’m in a stretch where I’m not running as much. To be honest, it’s a little different, but I am enjoying it a lot. My current schedule of classes and circuit workouts has worked with my busy schedule. But there is something to be said about a long run and the mental processing I am able to do during one. I can start a long run in an irritated mood, and after I’ve gone a couple miles, I have calmed down and remembered to be thankful through the good and the bad. The mental strength I get from a good workout is amazing, and I love the feeling.
Last week, we chatted about 5K and 10Ks, and this week I wanted to talk about half marathons. The first time I ran a half marathon, I think I was still wearing tennis shoes from Target. I had no real fitted running gear, it was probably a sight to see in 2009. I actually ran three half marathons that year. My most recent half marathon was Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in June 2016.
Why I love half marathons
The training isn’t super time consuming, for someone who runs regularly, adding some mileage once a week is pretty manageable.
Having a half marathon on the calendar motivates you to run often. On days when you are feeling lazy or lethargic, a half marathon will help motivate you to get out the door.
Running a half marathon with a friend can be such a bonding experience. Also, traveling to races with friends is a lot of fun.
The recovery is quick. After a half marathon, you will probably be sore for a day or two, but then your body will be back to normal.
It’s a great and realistic goal for someone who doesn’t run often.
Injuries are less common in half marathon training.
With this in mind, I’m still trying to figure out my 2017 race schedule. I wanted to share a few half marathons that I’ve done. Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon – this half marathon is connected to Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. Running along Lake Superior is AMAZING, its so beautiful and this race usually has good weather. Gopher to Badger this race runs from Stillwater, MN to Hudson, WI. It’s cool to say you ran a half marathon in two states! Madison Mini Marathon, this is a great race which goes through a lot of the main part of Madison, its fun to see so much of the city in a race. Indianapolis Half Marathon, a fun fall race if you are looking for one. Lastly, Horsetooth Half Marathon, one of the hardest races I’ve ever done, the hills are out of this world. But the views are awesome, and the race ends at New Belgium brewery which is one of my favorite places.
Have you ever done a half marathon? What distance is your favorite race?