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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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10 Switzerland Half Marathons You’ll Love

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1) Demi-Marathon des Alpes • Aigle, Switzerland The half marathon race of the Demi-Marathon des Alpes is not a course for beginners. Runners will travel along a point-to-point course starting at 1,300 feet and will reach at height of 5,300 feet before finishing at Leysin at 4,400 feet. Only a couple of miles are on [...]

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10 Germany Half Marathons You’ll Love Running

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1) Dresden Half Marathon • Dresden, Germany Flat and fast, the Dresden Half Marathon is a great way to both sightsee and race. Runners follow a loop course around the city center and will travel past sights such as the Erich Kastner Museum, one of the largest and best preserved Gründerzeit (the 19th-century industrial age) [...]

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8 Tips to Stay Mentally Prepared For Race Day

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Training for any distance race is difficult. Not only do you commit to logging miles and runs, you also commit to being mentally ready. There is a saying that running is 80% mental, and I 100% agree with that! As I get ready to conquer another New York City Marathon, I’m continuing to train my [...]

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How to Prepare For Running a Hilly Half Marathon Race

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Many people may know that I’m preparing for the New York City marathon. It’s my first marathon in several years. I ran the NYCM in 2013 as my first marathon. The first time I ran it I did not understand (nor did I prepare for) the course elevation. At the time, I was living in [...]

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