Path to my backyard marathon takes me to Pennsylvania
This Sunday will mark my 16th half marathon and the 5th this year. Of those half marathons, only a few have actually been "A" races, meaning I've set a lofty goal and left it all on the course. All others have generally been training races. The Runner's World Half Marathon will once again act as a training race. With less than 4 weeks to go to the Richmond Marathon, the timing for a true dress rehearsal has never been more perfect.
Had I not chosen this race, I'd probably be doing a second 20 miler. Instead, I'm focused on my marathon pace with my main goal for the Runner's World Half to be around 1:50. If I'm a minute or two slower or faster, that's fine with me too.
More importantly than my goals for this weekend, I'm really looking forward to meeting my #RunChat partner Scott and many others who join #RunChat twice a month. These few days are full of opportunities to learn from others, get inspired to do greater things with running and just have fun.
To essentially close off marathon training with a weekend like this is a rare treat. It's kind of a tone-setter for getting through my taper healthy, well rested and focused on my sub 3:45 goal.