Things I Learned While Actually Training for a Half-Marathon

Running along the frozen Potomac River on a 45-degree day, the day after a huge snow and ice storm.
Running along the frozen Potomac River on a 45-degree day, the day after a huge snow and ice storm.

As of right now, I have finished nine half-marathons and I’m about to add two more to my race resume with the United Airlines New York City Half-Marathon and the Yuengling Virginia Beach Shamrock Half-Marathon. But I’ve never actually trained for a half-marathon. I have always just run them because they somehow fit into my training schedule for marathons or because I happened to have a decent enough fitness base that I could feasibly make it work (including my first half-marathon in March 2011, which got me injured). After having officially trained to run these races, I now understand that I’ve been taking the approach to the half-marathon all wrong. I think it’s accurate to say that I have completely underestimated the half-marathon and, in doing so, have missed out on the wealth of what that short, quick little devil of a race has to offer for marathoners. Continue reading “Things I Learned While Actually Training for a Half-Marathon”