I talk a lot about marathons on this blog because they are a pretty big deal and I spend a lot of time and energy training for them.
Since I spend so much time on marathons, I don’t get a chance to talk much about my favorite of all the races: the half marathon!
Although I do LOVE marathons, I love training for them and love the feeling of accomplishment after, there is just something comforting about the half marathon.
Why do I love them?
13 miles is still a long way to run! When you are done with a half marathon you still got a great workout, a long run done and have a great feeling of accomplishment.
I typically can run the next day following a half marathon. I might be sore, but nothing like the full marathon soreness that leaves me clenching rails for a week. Recovery time is faster and that means I don’t have to take time off of running!
They also don’t take quite as much out of you so you can actually semi-function the day of one.
In half marathons you are running faster than marathons which is fun (sometimes), but not quite as fast as the short distance 5k or 10k that just plain hurt. Half marathon pace is the happy place between I-hate-my-life 10k pace and gotta-hold-back-a-tad marathon pace. Half marathon PRs feel pretty awesome too!
Half marathons you can try again at racing one sooner. A full marathon requires recovery and retraining, you can’t get out there and full out race another one too soon after, but a half marathon you might be able to.
Half marathons are over much faster than full marathons and the celebrating can begin sooner!
This weekend I will be running my 18th half marathon! I haven’t technically “raced” them all, but I have completed them all as races or training runs. I am very excited to get out there and see what my legs can do and on a course I haven’t run before – Davis Stampede. After this very busy week, being sick and travelling for a couple days, who knows what will happen, but it will be fun to get out there and kick off the 2011 race year!
What is your favorite race distance?