Some random thoughts on 2014 races today, and then I have a request from all of you!

  • Is anyone else tired of winter yet?  Yesterday’s ‘trail run’ actually was more of an ice run since the trails my friends and I went to were literally a sheet of ice!    This makes training for the Quivering Quads trail trail half marathon I have coming up in a few weeks pretty difficult.   Not to mention the fact that my knees are bloody sore this morning from falling and hitting them smack on the ice.  Argh!  I’m looking forward to better training weather this week – it looks like we could hit 60- break out the shorts!
  • Quivering Quads will be my first race of 2014.   Exciting, as I can finally cross one race off the list for the 14 in 2014 challenge I entered.  Wow, I better pick up the pace or I’ll never hit 14 by the end of the year : )
  • Speaking of races, I’m still planning out other races for the year.   I’ve got a couple of lotteries I’m waiting on. One is for the New York Marathon.   This is my favorite marathon and I’ll probably continue to keep entering every year until I get in again. Nothing compares to the NYC marathon in my book.  The other lottery is for a new trail relay race happening here in St. Louis called the KT82.   I’ll continue to update my sidebar on this site as I nail down more races in the coming weeks.

Today I want to talk about half marathons.  I said one of my 2014 running goals is to break 1:40 in the half marathon, and that I’ll do it at the Steamboat Springs Half Marathon in June.   Well, sometimes I say I’ll do things without sufficiently researching how feasible they actually are :)   After researching that course further, and realizing I’ll be running at altitude (something I don’t train in!) I’ve decided to still do the race but just ‘for fun’.   Which brings me to my request.

What are some fast half marathon courses?   

I’m open to any ideas whether they’re in the midwest or not.  I actually love making vacations out of races so I’ll go anywhere!

Leave your ideas in the comments below.  Thank you!!


10 Responses to Need half marathon ideas!

  1. Madison says:

    Definitely not in the midwest, but my favorite is the Kiawah Marathon/Half (near Charleston, SC). No hills. At sea level. Good post-race food.
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  2. Crystal says:

    I did the Fargo Marathon last year and a friend did the half. VERY flat. Nice town, people very friendly. Not exactly a scintillating spot, but not too far from you and nice.

  3. I haven’t run any races this year. Unbelievable! Say it with me No More Winter!! All is not lost. I still have time right? Love the name Quivering Quads :)
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    • Gina says:

      Seriously, Jill, bring on Spring! I know, I can’t believe I have not run any races either. I have one in two weeks, so hopefully that will kick off a racing streak or something :)

  4. Amy says:

    Hmmm. Half marathons are tough because there are so many of them! I was a little worried when you wanted to make Steamboat your goal. I am sure you will continue to rock it like it is no one’s business!
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    • Gina says:

      I know! I think what I need to do is narrow it down to the month I want to do it in and then go from there. Normally I am such a planner, but for some reason this year I’m having a tough time making decisions!

  5. Tiff says:

    Not sure how quickly you are looking to run this race but have you checked out the Garmin marathon/half marathon in Olathe, KS? It’s on the west side of Kansas City and while I haven’t run it, the website claims it’s flat and fast:

    • Gina says:

      Thanks for the idea, Tiff! I will check it out – KC is very close for me so that may be a good one to do, if not this year then next year.

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