I know it’s far away, but with the weather getting ready to heat up around here, I’m starting to focus my distance-running attention to the fall, when I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 25.
I’m looking for a good half-marathon to run as a pre-marathon tune-up. Something flat, fast and fun (read: ego-boosting) would be ideal. In the running (ha!) right now: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach on Sept. 6 and the Philadelphia Distance Run on Sept. 20. I’d been set on the race in Philly after reading in Running Times that it’s one of the fastest halves in the country. But after participating in the 10-mile Broad Street Run on Sunday, which felt like a party at which I just happened to be running, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half is starting to sound pretty good.
Any thoughts on either one? Any other suggestions? Help me decide by posting a comment below!
If you’re looking for a half to run sooner than September, check out the Pacers Running Festival this Sunday. It’s been on my race calendar for a while, but I think I’m going to skip — partially because I can’t afford the $55 registration fee, partially because running a 10-mile race or longer three weekends in a row is a little much even for me.