Two years ago, I ran the Hurricane Half Marathon as my first half-marathon and longest race ever, and it was truly the hardest thing I’d ever done, including my first, second, third, and fourth marathons. Why?
There is literally a mountain smack dab in the middle of the race.
Don’t believe me? View the coursemap. Still don’t believe me? Read the comments about the race on the Active.com Hurricane Half Marathon 2011 page. The first time I ran this race it was freezing and for-real tough. I finished in 161st place, with a time of 2:24.*
Ouch. I’m surprised I kept running after the most demoralizing finish I’d had in any race so far.
Fast forward two years. I’ve got four marathons under my belt and I decided that it would be “fun” to see how much my running had improved over the past two years. A half-marathon was part of my Windermere training plan (May 19) as a tune-up race, so I decided to give it a shot. But this time, I had a plan. Read more >>