I saw a great article on Runners World (Ask Coach Jenny) recently and thought I would share it with all of you. It talks about the differences between a tempo, fartlek, and interval run. All three of these are great ways to help build speed in your running as well as make your running a little more interesting and challenging. Check out the article and find out some great information that could make a big difference in your running!
I have quite a few people training for a lot of different races this spring. Have you thought about trying one of these races? It’s not too late to start training! Check out these events:
New York City Half Marathon – March 16th in NYC – This race is part of the five boroughs of NYC Series and takes you through the streets of Manhattan as well as Times Square and Central Park. There was a lottery back in December to get into the race but if you are thinking of doing it next year you could either enter the lottery or complete at least four of the following six events in 2014 to earn you guaranteed entry to the 2015 NYC Half: the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half, NYC Half, Brooklyn Half, Staten Island Half, and races in Queens and the Bronx (TBD).
The Love Run – March 30th in Philadelphia – This is the first year for this race but it looks like a great course, kind of similar to the Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon course but with an out and back on MLK Drive instead of running the Kelly Drive loop. Some sweet perks, along with a medal and shirt you get a cute coffee mug and there is a coffee and hot chocolate bar at the finish line. Registration for this race is still open.
The Scranton Half Marathon – April 6th in Scranton, PA – This is another inaugural event coming up. It will begin and end at Scranton Memorial Stadium. The goal of the race is to provide a superior event highlighting the local area and in doing so, bring increased exposure and revenue for local businesses. Proceeds from the 2014 event will benefit the continued development of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (as per the Scranton Half Marathon website). It is also my husband’s hometown so we will be heading up so he can run this awesome new event! Unfortunately, this event just sold out! Keep it on your calendar for next year!
April Fool’s Run – The Atlantic City Half Marathon – April 6th in Atlantic City, NJ – With a flat, fast, and unique course beginning in Atlantic City, runners will spend a few miles running on the wood planks of the boardwalk before heading through sleepy beach towns with ocean views the entire way. Live course entertainment, moisture wicked technical shirts and spinning finisher medals make this the best half marathon of the spring (as per the Atlantic City Half Marathon website). This event registration is still open.
B.A.A. Boston Marathon – April 21st in Boston, MA – I dream of doing this marathon one day. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. It is a point to point course taking you from Hopkinton to Boston. You have to qualify for this marathon by running another marathon in a certain time, based upon your age (qualifying standards). A few of my friends are running this race this spring, including one of my former track athletes, and I have the honor of coaching her!
New Jersey Marathon – April 27th in Long Branch, NJ – This is a great local race that offers a full and half marathon as well as a half marathon relay and 5K. Participants will run through the diverse neighborhoods and business districts of: Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbour, Asbury Park, and Ocean Grove. This scenic fast and flat course has been very popular with both runners and spectators alike. It is a point-to-point course which has proven to be a good choice for those attempting to qualify for the B.A.A. Boston Marathon (as per the New Jersey Marathon Website). Registration for this event is still open!
Blue Cross Broad Street Run – May 4th in Philadelphia, PA – Another great local race and at 10 miles it is a very popular running distance. The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a 10-mile point-to-point course (named one of the fastest 10-mile courses in the country by Runner’s World and also the largest 10 mile race in the country) that starts at Central High School and ends in the Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street in South Philadelphia. The course takes you past the varied neighborhoods along Broad Street in Philadelphia. Entry to the race is completed through a lottery system and registration for that lottery is currently open! Give it a try! You have plenty of time to train!
Wildwood Half Marathon – May 18th in Wildwood. NJ – This event offers a half marathon and an 8K in one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular beach towns. The race starts in front of the Wildwood Convention Center and winds its way through Wildwood Crest and then brings you back on to the Wildwood Boardwalk. Once you run the boardwalk, you head into North Wildwood and run out to the bridge that takes you into Stone Harbor and then come back the same way, ending in front of the Wildwood Convention Center. Get an early start to your summer and make a fun weekend out of it. Check out their website, registration is still open.
KeyBank Vermont City Marathon – May 25th in Burlington, Vermont – This race offers a marathon, 2 person relay (half marathon each) or a 3-5 person relay. The course takes you from Battery Park to Waterfront Park and has many beautiful sights to offer throughout the run. Great tourist attractions for this event weekend are the Magic Hat Brewing Company and Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream Factory. It is a great race, with a great atmosphere! Registration is open and there is plenty of time to train for any of the events!
Oddyssey Half Marathon – June 8th, Philadelphia, PA – Another great Philadelphia Half Marathon! Yet another beautiful course that begins in front of the historic Memorial Hall, site of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, then takes you to the Fairmount Horticultural Center and Belmont Plateau. You will then wind past century old mansions and run along the Schuylkill River along Kelly Drive and West River Drive and finish back at Memorial Hall (as per the Oddyssey Half Marathon website). Registration is currently open for this race and again, you have plenty of time to train for it!
This is a list of some great races in our area that you could train for. Did I forget any? Is there a race you are training for that I did not mention? Share below and I will give that race a shout out!
Check out these races and see if there is one that interests you. Let me know and we can figure out a training plan that works for you!
If you saw a race you liked but it is too late to train for it, keep it in mind for next spring. I will also be sure to do a fall race review a little earlier so you have time to pick a race and train for it.