5 Reasons You’ll Love The Half Marathon
Our Marathon Maniac shares why she can't get enough of 13.1 miles.
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They saying goes that a half marathon is half the distance (of a marathon) but twice the fun! We couldn’t agree more. And it seems the Women’s Running audience agrees with us too. Our half marathon training plans are our most downloaded plans in our collection. Whether it’s your first attempt at thirteen point one miles, or a ‘training run’ for a full distance, the half marathon is a great way to set a bold goal, check off a milestone in training. They are a super excuse to travel, see a new place or city and see the sights from the ground up.
Before this Marathon Maniac grew into her nickname, she was your average runner looking to sweat for emotional salvation. But then one finish line—at a half marathon—changed her life. Below, she shared why the distance is the best.
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5 Reasons You’ll Love the Half Marathon
The options. There are a ton of half marathons, and new events are popping up all the time, so you’re likely to find a great race in your area.
The crowds. The half marathon is the fastest growing race distance, so someone you know probably runs half marathons or wants to.
The food. In events where there are both 13.1 and 26.2 options, half-marathoners are pretty much guaranteed a huge spread of food no matter what their finish times. Marathoners are often not so lucky!
The swag. Half marathon medals are getting bigger and more elaborate as more people participate. Some of my favorite medals are from half marathons!
The challenge. Half marathons are something to be proud of. They’re long enough to be a challenge, but you can still walk away with a – relative – spring in your step and sense of pride and accomplishment. Thirteen-plus miles is no joke, no matter what your speed.
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