Newport Half Marathon, Here I Come!

Because I have the NYC Marathon coming up in less than 8 weeks…

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… I’ve purposely kept my racing schedule down to a minimum. This time last year I’d run more than a handful of races in all distances while leading up to my October half marathon, but that was because adding shorter distances while training wasn’t too big of a deal for me then. What was a 5K the day after a 6 mile long run, right?

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Fast forward to this summer, when I realized my marathon training plan would have me doing double digits nearly every weekend from August-October, and suddenly the idea of adding a 5K or 10K before or after didn’t seem so appealing.

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That’s not to say I’m completely bereft of races from now through November 5th; I could never miss the Seaside Semper Five on September 16th (especially after what happened last year), so I’m running that.

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I was a little wary of adding anything more though, because the next day I have 16 on the calendar. It will be my longest run to date, and while I just had a super successful 14 miler a few weeks ago, the thought of doing 3.1 before it is a little scary.

But when the folks at the Newport Racing Series reached out to me to see if I wanted to run the Newport Half Marathon the next day on 9/17, I jumped at the opportunity: I had a fantastic time at the Newport 10K back in May, and knowing how well the race would be organized (and being familiar with at least half of the course!), I would be thrilled to use the half marathon as a training run in the lead up to my marathon.Β Thirteen point one miles of cheering spectators, beautiful views, and aid stations on my long run? Meaning I only have to run 3 miles on my own afterwards for my 16 total?

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Yes, please!

So I’m super stoked to be running the Newport Half Marathon and can’t wait to nail my mileage with the help of a few thousand friends and spectators. Plus I get a medal at the end of it; how many long training runs give you a medal? Uhm, none, I think. So yeah.

It will be kind of weird knowing that everyone else is out for blood during the race while I plod along at my marathon goal pace to keep my legs fresh. I’m definitely going to force myself to walk most of the 5K the day before to really give it my best shot and not show up to the starting line completely shredding, but I won’t be gunning for time or a new PR at this race at all. It’s fast, flat, and a beautiful course, and I plan on just enjoying every step of those 13 (er, 16) miles.

What do you think: Have you ever used a race as part of your training? Would you consider it? Let’s hear it in the comments!

16 thoughts on “Newport Half Marathon, Here I Come!

  1. I’ve always liked the idea of using a race to help with long training runs, but either the timing doesn’t work out, or I don’t feel like paying for the race. I hope you have fun this weekend and nail your long run!

  2. Hi Jess! I am also training for NYC!! I am doing the Perfect 10 Oct 22 as part of my training, with the Old Bridge Road Runner ladies.Please think about joining us!Also doing NJ half at sandy Hook Oct 8. Beth

  3. I ran the Little River Canyon half marathon a month before TCS NYC marathon last year. I ran my marathon pace and still came in third in the old man group but they tallied results by hand and didn’t give me credit! I’ll do the same this year but will probably go faster

  4. Totally! Strategically signing up for smaller races is my key to success in staying on track. I also find it gives me mini-goals to work toward so I don’t get overwhelmed in trying to keep up to the longer distances. And it’s a fun distraction!

    Expensive strategy though… Worth it? πŸ˜‰

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