13.1 Scenic Half Marathons Across the Southwest U.S.

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“For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight.” — George Sheehan

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A runner makes her way along the trail route at Texas's Headwaters of the Frio Half Marathon

A runner makes her way along the trail route at Texas’s Headwaters of the Frio Half Marathon.

“My positive self-talk is usually me flashing back to the training I’ve done — the workouts that went well and showed me that I’m ready to accomplish whatever the day’s task is. If I’ve got a tough 2-mile stretch in a race, I’ll think back to a great 2-mile repeat at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff and I’ll remind myself, ‘I’ve done this in practice, so just do it again out here on race day.’”

— Janet Cherobon-Bawcom

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Runners on the course at the Monterey Bay Half Marathon. (Courtesy Big Sur International Marathon)

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7 Scotland Half Marathons You'll Love Running

Glencoe Marathon Gathering

Glencoe, Scotland • Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021

You might feel like you’re William Wallace of Braveheart fame tromping through the meadows and mountains of Glencoe Valley in the Scottish Highlands, which the race organizers say is a true endurance test. “Make no mistake this is a serious challenge in a remote but spectacular location that will test your fitness, robustness and resilience to the limit,” they add, as it takes you over mountain ridges with names like the Devil’s Staircase and Aonach Eagach Ridge, where they add you’ll be “rewarded at every turn with views of some of the most stunning and dramatic mountains in the Scottish Highlands.”

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“Crossing the starting line may be an act of courage, but crossing the finish line is an act of faith. Faith is what keeps us going when nothing else will. Faith is the emotion that will give you victory over your past, the demons in your soul, and all of those voices that tell you what you can and cannot do, and can and cannot be.” — John Bingham

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“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” — John Bingham

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Duval Street Mile

Key West, Fla. • April

Timed to coincide with the “World’s Longest Parade” — which rolls down Key West’s famed Duval Street, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico right after the last runners cross the finish line — this race also is part of the “Conch Republic Independence Celebration,” a 10-day festival filled with parties, sailing events (including one to Havana, Cuba), parades and races, all of which you’re encouraged to wear a costume to. It’s an early evening race that starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Should we convert our half marathon training plans from miles to kilometers?


For years now, we’ve offered half marathon training plans with several different time frames — 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, etc.

But our plans are available only in miles, the distances familiar mostly to runners based in the U.S., which uses the English measurement system.

One of the questions I get often from readers is, can you make your training plans available in kilometers, so they can be used by runners who train outside the U.S.?

If I took some time to convert our training plans to the metric system, so that each of our training plans could be available in kilometers as well as miles, is that something you’d find useful?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the Comments below 😃

— Terrell

P.S.: Would you like a downloadable PDF version of these plans as well?

5 half marathon races you'll love running in Bermuda

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“Bermuda is the right country for a jaded man to loaf in. There are no harassment; the deep peace and quiet of the country sink into ones body and bones and give his consciences a rest.” — Mark Twain

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Runners on the course at the Daufuskie Island Marathon in Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.

“Why do they not teach you that time is a finger snap and an eye blink, and that you should not allow a moment to pass you by without taking joyous, ecstatic note of it, not wasting a single moment of its swift, breakneck circuit?” — Pat Conroy

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