Friday Five: Why 13.1?

Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!


My “free” topic for this Friday is Why Run Half Marathons.

  1. It motivates you to get out the door to run several times each week and makes you increase your miles.

Before I started running half marathons, I skipped runs and sometimes I only ran for a mile or 2.  Even without running much, I was able to complete a 5K race.  Once I got committed to running 13.1, I ran more consistently and I followed a plan to increase my miles on the weekend gradually to 12 miles.


   2. It gives you an excuse to plan a vacation around a race.

I most likely am not going to spent the money to fly somewhere to run a 5k but for a half marathon, yes, I would!!  About half of my halfs have been part of vacations or “race-cations” as you can call them. I can travel, visit friends and run a race, all in the same trip. Wherever you want to go, you can find a half marathon there.

Ellen & I with our bibs

running with a good friend’s sister in CA

3. It is hard and it gives you tremendous satisfaction when you finish.

It should get easier but it doesn’t for me. Still after having completed 16 half marathons, I can”t believe that I’ve done it. Run 13.1 Miles!!! I feel like a rockstar every single time.

nhm finish

my first and I thought then it would be my only one

4. You get a medal.

Yes, most half marathons give you a medal. Why not?  You deserve it! Who doesn’t love getting bling!!

Walkway Half Marathon

   5. You don’t have to be fast.  

For me, finishing a half marathon is winning.  Everyone runs at their own pace.  There will be runner faster and runners slower. Runners younger and runners older. Anyone who wants to complete a half marathon, I think can.

I see the finish line!

My slowest – I was recovering from a strained Achilles so I walked the last 6 miles.

And in 2 weeks, I will be running another half marathon. And I’m excited!!

Happy Running! What do you like about Half Marathons?


27 thoughts on “Friday Five: Why 13.1?

  1. I love your reasons and your outlook. You have such a positive attitude about your running and isn’t it fun planning race vacations? That is probably my favorite thing!


  2. all good reasons! who doesn’t love to look back on their medals and remember those accomplishments in a tangible way? you’re so consistent about running halves, i love that about you. hope you enjoy this new one!


  3. I have only officially run 2 half marathon “races” but have another one in a week. I agree that its worth the effort to go somewhere for 13 miles. I won’t do a 5 K anymore… too much work to get there usually, and it goes by way too fast ! Have a good weekend


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