Half marathon season

I started writing this post a week ago, but it didn’t get posted. It looks like it’s not too late to do so. My half marathon season starts this weekend! Since I wrote this it also looks like I will be traveling to the UK for work between Newport and Brooklyn. Wish me luck.

There have been many running related blog posts in my head for a while now, but the problem is getting them written. As I am ramping up my mileage for marathon training, it seems likely that those posts may never make it to the page. My reasoning for entering the Philadelphia Marathon this year was mainly to force myself to increase my mileage so I could improve on my half marathon performance. We’ll soon see what impact, if any, that logic has had.

After 2 weekends of 5k races (both USATF championship races, one road, one cross country) my thoughts turn to the half marathon schedule I appear to have inflicted upon myself.

  1. September 13 – VIA Half Marathon
  2. September 20 – Newport Liberty Half Marathon
  3. October 10 – Brooklyn Rock N Roll Half
  4. October 18 – Runner’s World Half

These aren’t the only races I’ll be participating in, there is also the East Brunswick Road Races 10k and the 5k and 10k on October 17th which are also part of the Runner’s World Half and Festival weekend.

Am I doing too much? Maybe. The only one that really wasn’t planned well in advance was VIA.

The question I have to ask myself is “how will I run these?” – will I take it easy or will I race hard and try for that goal time? The Newport Half was my original goal race for best time and it’s likely I’ll stick with that. I will likely use VIA to test where I am – taking it slightly slower and seeing how I feel, but is that going to impact my performance at Newport?

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