Did you see the Wall Street Journal’s article this week about half marathons setting record breaking numbers in terms of the number of people running them, especially women? Not surprisingly, the article highlights popular race series, including runDisney and Rock ‘n’ Roll (which all three of the half marathons that I’ve completed are run by), as part of the explanation for the surge in race registrations.
As I’m working on drafting my 2015 race calendar, there are 16 different half marathons on my list of possible races. Of course, I won’t be running anywhere close to all of these races, but its amazing to see just how many races I’m considering, and how many of them are half marathons.
So why have I fallen in love with half marathons?
1. Running a half marathon is a more easily attainable goal if you’re a newer runner
My initial goal when I started running last March was to train for my first half marathon, the Disney World Half Marathon. Although I ran other races as part of my training for the big race, I was still considered a newer runner when I crossed the finish line of my first half. In many ways, I still consider myself a newer runner, and don’t feel ready for the challenge of tackling a full marathon.
2. Its a challenge that offers a sense of fulfillment
Crossing the finish line of my first half marathon is one of the things that I’m most proud of. I set my mind to something that I thought wasn’t within my reach, and accomplished it. My medal from the Disney World Half Marathon means so much to me because of all the hard work, sweat, and at time tears that it took to get myself across the finish line.
3. Half marathon training doesn’t require as much time as a full marathon
For each of the three half marathons that I’ve run, I was able to train running only three days a week. I didn’t feel like my long runs on the weekend took an entire day, and I was left with plenty of time to cross train, weight train, and live the rest of my life.
4. Its a good reason to take a vacation
Two of my three half marathons have involved travel. For my first race, it was to Disney World, and for my third it was to Virginia Beach. Given that I enjoy traveling, I can’t wait to plan other racecations!
5. The bling!
The bling is gorgeous, shiny, and a great reminder of all that I’ve accomplished. Who doesn’t love earning some bling?
QOTD: What is your favorite reason for running half marathons?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!