Alright y’all! I’m in need of your help. I’m going to run (most likely walk/jog) my first half marathon in 2013! My only problem, is that I don’t know what half to chose to be my first half marathon, or the best way to train. Therefore, I need every runners input on this one, so comment away!!!
I have always wanted to run a half marathon, and I’m quite excited/nervous about this venture! Basically this is one of those “life goals” for me that I have been thinking about for years and years. One year I was training for a half and injured my knee and couldn’t run. So, I put the whole half marathon thing on the back burner for quite a few years. Well, it is time for me to get my butt and gear and sign up and do my first half no matter how nervous I am!!
Whichever half I do has to be in the late summer to late fall. I cannot train in North Dakota in the winter due to the weather. So, I have been looking at a few half marathons that look like they would be good for my first during this time period.
The Women’s Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida is usually in October or November. My wonderful friend, Kim, ran this for her first half and really enjoyed it. The course has great scenery and is mostly flat. Did I mention it is by the beach? That means that I would have to stay on the beach for this race. Not too bad huh? Plus check out the medal and charm you get!
The second race I’m looking at is the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. They have not posted the date for the 2013 race yet, but it is always around the first weekend in November. I love the Disney races and have done several of them. They are beyond fun and upbeat. Plus you get to run through the parks and have all the characters wave at you. Oh, there is also a party at the end with good food and drinks. With quite a few of their races you even get to go back into the park and ride the rides! If you haven’t run a Disney race yet, I highly recommend that you sign up for one (Run Disney). Disney has races ranging from 5K to their full marathon weekend, and all their races are a blast!
Then there is the Monster Dash Half Marathon in Minneapolis, MN. This race looks like a ton of fun! I was supposed to run the 10 miler that is part of the Monster Dash Half this year, but my husband ended up having to travel for work, so I couldn’t run it. This half is always the weekend before Halloween, so hopefully it won’t be too cold in Minnesota. The Monster Dash race is full of people dressed up and ready to have fun! Everyone who has run this half has raved about how much fun they had (in their costumes) during the race and at the party afterwards!
Finally, there is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. This half takes place in several states throughout America and Europe during the whole year. I’m not sure which state would be the best to run this race in, but it looks like a ton of fun. I have heard that the San Diego one is flat and the best for your first half marathon. The Rock ‘n’ Roll race is a lively race that has local bands playing throughout the race course and a concert at the end of the race. And, I heard the swag bags are pretty awesome! I also have to admit the Seattle medal looks pretty cool too…I have a bit of a coffee addiction.
There ya have it folks. These are the races I’m looking at. Please feel free to let me know of any others that would be great for my first half marathon, or which one of the halves I’ve listed would be great for me to do. Also…What was your first half marathon and how did you train for it?