In Defense of the Half Marathon

Tell any non-runner that you’re a distance runner and they’ll likely ask, “So have you run a marathon?” Having run two myself, I understand the allure and prestige of the marathon. It’s the only race distance not set by a nice round number, but by an ancient Greek legend. Pheidippides ran 26.2 miles to warn of the Spartans’ arrival and when he finished he kicked the bucket. It’s like the Kleenex more » Read more

Olive’s Chosen Half Marathon Race Report

When I signed up to run the Chosen Half Marathon, I was burned out with a capital B. I’d finished a string of disappointing races with a string of injuries that left me frustrated and feeling like I’d done a lot of training for nothing. I planned on breaking 1:30 in the San Antonio Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon, but I’d ended up running 1:34 and shuffling through the last more » Read more

Why You Should Include Negative Splits in Your Race Plan

Six years ago, I ran my first marathon. After racing on the track or cross-country, running a road race, particularly one so long, was a shock to my system. I ran like a deer in headlights for the entire 26.2 miles. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. In fact, it took me three marathons before I figured out (the hard way) that going out hard as I more » Read more

Pesto’s Fall & Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap

Salties… I am a marathoner! After making it all the way to the taper in my spring training before being diagnosed with a severe tibial stress fracture, training for Indy was much different. This past weekend went off without a hitch, although it was wildly unconventional. This summer (whilst still in a boot) I realized that in order to be successful, to avoid my history of overuse injuries and perhaps most importantly, to more » Read more

Better Late Than Never: A Chicago Marathon Recap

I believe the amount of time that passes between racing and writing a race recap is an indication of how many emotions you have about said race. Which is why it has taken me just over a month to write my Chicago Marathon recap. Admittedly, I was busy playing Trivia and drinking Bell’s Two Hearted Ale in Ohio with my siblings the following two weeks after the marathon, but I digress. more » Read more

Chicory’s Monumental Marathon 2016 Race Report

To start, my race plan was … non-existent. Coach and I had talked on Wednesday and stepped through a couple of the goal times I had out there. “If you run 3:03 [my original B goal, and four minutes off my spring PR], we’ll sit down and figure out what we need to change. 3:01 would be okay. 2:59:59 is a lot more exciting than 3:00:10, but don’t focus too more » Read more

What Does Sub-Elite Mean?

I’ve been mulling over the words “sub-elite” and “elite.” While most of us have some idea of what an elite runner is, the concept of “sub-elite” is slightly less tangible. There are differences between being received or perceived as elite, identifying as elite, and training like an elite, but no single item on this list necessarily qualifies a runner as being truly elite, does it? What about two items from more » Read more

What’s the Best Race Prediction Calculator?

Setting a race goal can be a daunting process, particularly for marathons. You don’t want to see yourself short and set a goal that will leave you feeling like you could have pushed harder on race day, but you also don’t want to pursue a time so speedy that you crash and burn. So you take a recent race time (bonus points if it’s a half marathon!) and enter it more » Read more

Racing with Wheels: Advice for Racing with a Running Stroller

There was a low-key race series I wanted to do that used the same 5K course every Friday night for a month, followed by happy hour specials and drink tickets! With my husband out of town all three weeks, instead of getting a babysitter, I decided to bring the kids with me. They say necessity is the mother of invention and they would be correct. While I’ve trained with the more » Read more

All the Things I Knew: Mango’s Baystate Half Marathon Race Report 

Two seconds: that’s all that separates 1:59:59 from 2:00:01. In between, 2:00:00. There’s nothing fundamentally different about each of those times. Yet two hours, or any other pleasantly round time goal, seems such an insurmountable barrier. At least, it did to me. Once upon a time (2008 – I’m not that old), I ran my very first half marathon in 2 hours and 43 minutes. Since then, I’d shaved off more » Read more

Are Race Lotteries Illegal?

Not too long ago, Pumpkin posted about her frustrating experience entering the lottery for the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile, observing at the outset, “Slots, craps, black jack, road race lotteries: they’re all the same.” Well, a couple of runners who lost out after paying to enter the New York City Marathon lottery last year agree, and they’ve literally made a federal case out it. In January, Charles Konopa and Matthew Clark filed a more » Read more

Reach the Beach 2016 or How to Win a Ragnar Relay

Have you ever wanted to do a long-distance overnight relay race? Have you ever done one? I’ve been intrigued by overnight relays for a while, but only recently had an opportunity to participate in one. With a team of 11 former teammates and friends, I ran the Reach the Beach Ragnar Relay covering approximately 200 miles of New Hampshire roads. During the 24 hours and 44 minutes we were out on the course my more » Read more

Women-Only Races: Awesome or Awful?

Decades ago, women-only road races made sense. Societal notions on the athletic abilities of women left them banned from participating in most road races up until the 1960s and 1970s. Women-only races emerged as a beacon of the women’s running revolution: if we couldn’t participate in road races, then we would make our own. That victory has long since been won. Women are no longer tackled when they run the more » Read more

Red or Blue? What Color Runner are You?

Brooks sponsored this post to inspire you to Run Happy. See more at talk.brooksrunning.com With her fall goal race right around the corner, one of my best running friends went in search of the perfect versatile tank to wear on her big day. She fell in love with the Brooks Pick-up Running Tank Top, but couldn’t decide whether to go with the red or the blue. She was leaning towards the blue, but asked my opinion. I remembered hearing somewhere more » Read more

Basil’s Kenai River Recap: Celebrating the Painful Privilege that Is a Marathon

A year ago, I couldn’t walk without crutches, couldn’t reach my feet to tie my shoes. Today, I laced up and ran a marathon. Eight months ago, I could barely run for 20 seconds at a time. My hip felt awkward and clumsy, as if all my veteran running muscles had abandoned me and left me with clueless glutes and quads. You want us to do what? Sorry, what does more » Read more