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13.1 Spring Half Marathons You’ll Remember Forever

Grand Valley Half Marathon runners enjoying the race

You'll get to check out stunning views of the Grand Mesa (the world's largest) at this small-town race known for its wineries, ski resorts, and for being Colorado's "peach capital." Sat, May 6 • View this race » Imagine a run through rolling green fields filled with thousands upon thousands of yellow dandelions in full bloom, [...]

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How To Get Through the Middle Miles of a Half Marathon

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The middle miles in a half marathon can be the hardest miles of the race. The beginning of the race excitement has worn off, and you aren't close enough to the finish line for the “almost done” excitement. For me, miles 7 through 10 of a half marathon typically make or break the race. Normally [...]

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10 Caribbean Half Marathons To Dream About

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This fast and flat half runs almost entirely within the Punta Cana Resort along Tortuga Bay on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, and features a stretch along the beach around the midpoint of the race. Its 26.2-miler is also a Boston Marathon qualifier. Sun, Apr 2 • Race info & signup » If you’re [...]

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3 Common Half Marathon Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

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Training for a half marathon can be both tough and rewarding. The distance of 13.1 miles is a long way to go, and it's definitely not something you can fake training for. Don't let these mistakes ruin your chances at a PR because believe me, I've been there, and it stinks! We all have a [...]

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14 Island Half Marathons You’ll Never Forget

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From the starting line on the northern end of this island near Seattle, this race unfolds along a clockwise loop around the island and features a wealth of rolling hills along the way, as well as a few steep uphills and downhills. Sun, Mar 19 • Race info & signup » Home to waterfront properties, golf [...]

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How to Improve Your Running Mindset in 4 Steps

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If you are anything like me, sometimes negative thoughts creep in during training or even during a race. Those negative thoughts are normal, but they don’t help you succeed. In fact, a negative mindset can be holding you back from setting a new PR or breaking through a plateau. Just like physical training, mental and [...]

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15 Stunning Half Marathons Over Bridges Across the USA

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You'll run high above the river that gives this race its name here in the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, which lies a short drive from North Carolina's Outer Banks, for an event that draws more than 1,000 runners every year. Sat, Mar 11 • Race info & signup » Two bridges and four total crossings await runners at [...]

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16 Amazing All-Downhill Half Marathons

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Recognized as “the world’s fastest half marathon course” by USA Track & Field back in 1985, the Fontana Days Run takes about 2,000 runners on a fast downhill course that starts in Lytle Creek and finishes at Fontana’s City Hall. Sat, Jun 3 • Race info & signup » Paved mountain roads and wide gravel trails [...]

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13 Coastal Half Marathons Perfect For a ‘Run-cation’

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"That, perhaps, is the essence of the running experience for me... The lack of anxiety, the complete acceptance, the letting go and the faith that all will be well. In running, I feel free. I have no other goal, no other reward. The running is its own reason for being." — George Sheehan One of [...]

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Why You Didn’t PR, And How to Get It At Your Next Race

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You’ve found a goal race and trained for it.  You put it in the effort, but for some reason, you didn’t PR. You don’t know why.  After resting and recovering, you’ve picked out a new race and are ready to train smarter for your next race.  After running over 30 half marathons, I’ve found a [...]

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13.1 Stunning April Half Marathons

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"Through running we learn about succeeding and failing, about reaching past the probable and accomplishing the impossible. The struggle to find one's potential as a runner is the most frustratingly satisfying pursuit that many of us ever undertake." — John Bingham & Jenny Hadfield This race is actually two half marathons -- one a mostly [...]

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