Two Sundays ago I drove up to Swanzey, New Hampshire to run the Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon. This race was purely built into my marathon training so I wasn’t planning to run like I would in a regular race – plus the temperature was a little higher than I’d prefer and it was HUMID.
The race starts and finishes at the local middle school and it is a VERY small race, I think about 250 people ran (both half marathoners and there’s a two-person relay option). When I got there I checked in, got my bib and long sleeve shirt, and warmed up. The race started at 9am, and we were off! Continue reading
I almost laughed out loud when I wrote the title of this post. Why? Well there’s a reason I haven’t been sharing my training for my first half marathon of the season, Boston’s Run to Remember, which is now less than two weeks away. That’s because the training has been pretty much non-existent. I’ve had some serious issues getting my momentum and consistency going. I had a couple of good weeks but then something work or school or travel related has come up and has totally taken over. Or I get lazy, or a combination. Basically I want you to know that no matter how many years you’ve been running, this isn’t a cake walk. It takes hard work and butt-kicking and consistency and if you’re having a hard time getting into your groove, know that I’m right there with you.
The Allstate Boston 13.1 half marathon was this past weekend. I ran this race last year, so I had a sense of what I would be working with. My overall impressions last year were that this race was organized very well and getting in and out of the race site was very easy, the course was on a super flat road along the ocean which can be pretty, yes, but I personally found it more boring. After running along the water (which makes up the bulk of the course), there were a couple of trails that definitely weren’t big enough to accommodate the number of runners trying to get through, but overall a good race. I’ve never repeated a half marathon race before, but the timing was right this year to get a half in as part of marathon training and this race worked out for my training schedule.