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31 Gorgeous Parks You Can Run in New Jersey

31 Gorgeous Running Routes in New Jersey Parks

As many readers know, I’m a resident of New Jersey. I didn’t grow up in the Garden State but have spent the last five years living here. Before you cringe thinking about the Jersey Shore, miles of traffic, and NJ being “back up New York,” you should know that New Jersey is a beautiful state. [...]

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10 Half Marathons on Islands Around the World

10 Half Marathons on Islands Around the World

1) Reykjavik Half Marathon • Reykjavik, Iceland The course of the mid-August Reykjavik Half Marathon is one loop that starts and finishes near city hall in downtown Reykjavik. A large number of hotels are within a 10 minute walk to the starting line, making race logistics easy for visitors. Runners will follow a course through [...]

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Ready to Up Your Racing Distance? Here’s 6 Tips

What It Takes to Up Your Running Distance

If you are ready to take your running to the next level distance-wise, there are six key things to tell you it is time. Whether you are jumping from a 5K to a 10K, or a half marathon to a full marathon, there are factors to consider to make the transition smoothly as well as [...]

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10 Things I Learned Running the New York City Marathon

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Editor’s note: Carissa, a longtime runner and writer for HalfMarathons.Net, ran the New York City Marathon earlier this month, finishing with a time of 3 hours, 24 minutes. 1) Train for hills While the elites and age groupers can post fast times thanks to roaring crowds and healthy competition, the course is certainly far from [...]

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10 Thanksgiving Day Half Marathons You Can Run

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Ahhhhhhh, Turkey Day. A day of rest, football, and even running for those ambitious enough to attempt a half. It’s also the perfect time of year to run a 13.1-miler if you’ve begun a training program in August or September, and running can assuage any guilt you might have for eating more than you might [...]

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What a First Half Marathon Really Feels Like

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It was around the end of the tenth mile that the thought first occurred to me, much to my surprise and entertainment. The early morning rain that had quieted before the race had returned as a light mist, keeping me cool as the rising sun started to warm the air. Unhappy with how I’d all [...]

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10 Greek Half Marathons You’ll Love Running

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1) Trikala Half Marathon • Kalampaka/Trikala, Greece The route starts from the town of Kalampaka, situated at the foot of Meteora, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage monument. Runners then follow a point-to-point course with a net downhill of over 300’ and finish in the central square of Trikala city. Held in mid-March, this fast course [...]

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How You Know You’re Ready to Run a Half Marathon

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So you’ve landed yourself at halfmarathons.net and aren’t sure you are “ready” to run a half marathon? How do you know? Is there a time you are 100% prepared? There is never a perfect time to run any race, but it’s important to know if you are truly ready to run. One of the most [...]

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How to Prepare For a Rainy Race Day

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Many on the East Coast know this story too well: You train hard for your big race. You are feeling ready to accomplish the goal. Then the 10 day forecast comes and you see… rain and more rain. This doesn’t have to ruin your race, and if you are prepared, you might find yourself with [...]

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10 New Zealand Half Marathons You’ll Love

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1) Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon • Christchurch, New Zealand Fast and flat, the early March Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon is great for beginners and elites alike. Runners will begin at the Canterbury A&P Grounds and then spread out onto the pathway at the Curletts Road entry. The course then follows under the underpass of the [...]

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