January 10, 2013 by UtahMan&Wife
I have been having a lot of fun researching all the race options there are for Wife and I this year as part of our 2013 Race-Per-Month Challenge. I keep finding some really great Half-marathons that would be cool to do, but I’m not sure how many Half’s we ought to reasonably undertake?
After reading a bunch of differing opinions on the subject, the general consensus is that if you are not “in it to win it” [running all-out] but just keep a slow and steady pace, and we are doing lots of 5Ks, 10Ks and regular training runs in-between, we can probably safely insert one or two more Halfs in our schedule. At least that’s the thought process at this point.
Currently we are changing August’s race to the Beautiful Bountiful Half-Marathon . The race organizers for the Bountiful Half offer a special trophy for people who run 3 out of 6 of their events. Ooooh…. Trophies are cool! 🙂 But, in order for us to qualify for the cool trophy, we would need to add the Vernal Dino Half in May (hmmmm…that’s coming up pretty quick. Currently, our first Half is planned for July) And, then we would need to replace our October Provo Halloween Half with the Salt Lake City Haunted Half. So, we are still deciding on what we will do about that. It’s cool to have so many options, though! Apparently all these choices shouldn’t be surprising – read this:
Running USA reports that participation in road races has grown 170 percent since 1991—there were 13.9 million road race finishers in 2011, and 55 percent of those runners were female, compared to just 25 percent in 1990. More women are toeing the line next to men at 5K races, which remains the most popular distance in the U.S., followed by the half marathon. Mud runs, obstacle races and off-road events are becoming wildly popular; their numbers have ballooned to nearly 1 million participants.
According to reports from the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association, 50,061,000 people ran at least once in 2011, up 7.3 percent from 2010, and 19,008,000 individuals ran 100 days or more last year, a 9.3-percent increase over 2010. Of course, more runners means more shoe sales, and consumers spent $2.46 billion on shoes in 2011, compared to $2.32 billion in 2010. – Found on Active.com
For those interested, we are planning to use this Step By Step Half-Marathon Training Schedule which we like for many reasons [a run/walk approach, tailored plan for beginners, rest days on Sunday, and cross-training]
Last but not least, Here’s A Video That Made Us Laugh
[Hope we won’t be “That Guy”!]