Hello divas! I hope that you have had a fabulous start to the week so far. It was pretty rainy yesterday but I did get a couple of workouts in so all is well with the world lol. I am continuing my Running 101 series today by talking about my favorite distance to run – the half marathon. To be honest, running 13.1 miles was never my goal when I started running. It was sort of something that I got dragged into by a friend. After I ran my first one, however, I was hooked. No matter if I run, walk or a combination of both, I love the races at this distance. So today I am sharing 5 reason to run (or walk) a half marathon.
It requires commitment and training. Taking on a half marathon is not something you can just roll out of bed and do. You have to train for at least a few months to get your body ready to try for 13.1 miles. However, unlike a full marathon, it doesn’t require a huge amount of time to get those miles in. I can train for a half but not take away as much time with my hubby and family.
It’s challenging. I can tell you from experience that this distance is challenging. No matter how hard you train and prepare, it is hard to run a race. But there is nothing like crossing that finish line and know that you accomplished your goal.
Oh the places you will go. Running longer races such as marathons and half marathons allow you to really see the world. So far, I have run 12 total half marathons in 6 states (Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, California, Nevada, Kentucky) with at least 2 more to be added this coming spring. I have run through both Disney World and Disneyland, through my alma mater (Berry College), my hometown (Chattanooga), the country music capital of the world twice (Nashville in 2012 and 2014), a Civil War Battlefield, the Las Vegas Strip and Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. I can honestly say that when I plan my racing for the year, I look for fun races in new and interesting places. In fact, most of the hubby and my vacations are actually racecations – we visit places and run while we are there.
It improves health. While I have yet to lose all the weight that you sometimes think of when people start running, I can tell you that I am much healthier than when I first started. I have some muscle definition, lower blood pressure and am stronger than ever.
You get blinged out. And, of course, running a half marathon gets you pretty medals – lots and lots of pretty medals. And as you know, I am all about the bling 🙂
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Do you run? What is your favorite distance and why?
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