What’s the toughest half marathon?


By Megan Cox

The other day, someone asked me what the toughest half-marathon were. I actually had no idea. I mean, I ran the Baltimore Half five years ago, and let me tell you something, I did not realize there are mountains in Baltimore (okay, well, they felt like mountains).

Anyway, I’m fairly certain that the Dallas Half Marathon, the race I’m gunning for, isn’t the toughest. Then again, tough is relative. After two babies and a hiatus from long-distance running, this may be the toughest race I’ve ever done.

But I got to thinking—what half is the hardest? Down the road, when I’m looking for more ways to top my last racing achievement, which half-marathon will give me true bragging rights?

Well, if you’re looking for a list of the toughest halfs, it’s not easy to find. There are lists of the “best” halfs and the “toughest” marathons, but I had trouble digging up the list I was looking for. So I decided, independent woman that I am, to make my own list of the toughest half marathons.

How, you ask, did I do this?

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Reader Poll: What Info Are You Looking for on Race Day?

If you’re like me, your mobile phone is with you morning, noon and night, 24/7. I carry mine with me virtually everywhere I go, which means I take it with me and carry it during races, to take photos and stay in touch with family and friends before and after a race.

(And even sometimes during a race — a couple of years ago, I texted back and forth with my sister while running the Golden Gate Bridge at the San Francisco Half Marathon. She’d sent me a photo of a kitten they’d just adopted. So I had to respond, right? ;) )

Increasingly, I’ve noticed that the number of people accessing the main site goes way up on the weekends, when races almost always take place. My question is, I think I know what you’re looking for, but I wanted to ask to get your feedback.

What info do you want to find most when you’re at a race? Starting times, course maps, results? Or all of those? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below.

Rewind: New York City Half Marathon in Photos

This weekend marks a kind of unofficial kickoff of the spring running season, as it’s the first weekend that some really big races take place, like Atlanta’s Publix Marathon & Half Marathon, Virginia Beach’s Shamrock Marathon & Half, and of course the New York City Half Marathon, which expects some 15,000 runners for this Sunday’s race.

I ran the race back in 2010, and brought my iPhone along with me to take pictures of the course, the spectators, Central Park and everything I could to capture the sights you see when you’re running the race. Here’s a look back at what it was like, for all of you guys who are about to run it this weekend:

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We’re now on Google+!

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We look forward to interacting more with users there as well as here — I promise, more blog posts are coming soon! — and exploring more of what Google+ has to offer.

If you have any suggestions/comments, please feel free to post them here or on our new Google+ page.

I ran last night. Still fat. Ugh.

This past month I’ve been bad. Very, very bad. In fact, running has come to a standstill (pun totally intended). I’m thinking it’s because I haven’t really set a goal yet. Or maybe it’s simply because I’m lazy. What do you think? Actually, don’t answer that.

But today I declare myself lazy no more! I went for a run last night. Well it was actually more a trot/jiggle but I had on running shoes so it counts.

So I’m starting to explore half-marathons for real now. Have any of you ever heard of the Slacker Half that takes place in Colorado? It’s all downhill people. It’s totally calling my name.

Julie
Etsy Stalkers

Hi I’m Julie. But you can just call me Julie.

You’re probably wondering, who is this Julie and why is she so freaking awesome? Well, I’m a freelance copywriter by day and a blogger by night. Although sometimes I blog during the day and do my freelance writing at night. It really just depends.

I used to consider myself a runner (I even ran a half-marathon back in the day), but now I consider myself an overworked, overstressed, wife and mother of two with no time to exercise.  That was until last week – when I got laid off. And now, it seems like I have nothing but time to run.

So here’s the deal, I’m going to train for another half. And you’re coming along for the ride. Well, not literally. I can’t afford plane tickets for everyone. I’m out of freaking work people! But what I will do is chronicle my adventures in running. Let’s just hope I don’t embarrass myself too much.

Ok, deep breath. I will get back on the running wagon. I will get back on the running wagon. Say it with me people, because I’m going to need all the encouragement I can get.

P.S. Can someone please tell me why sitting on the couch watching netflix is just way, way, way more enticing than going for a run? Because I said so, that’s why.

Julie
Etsy Stalkers

The show – or the race, in this case – must go on

Looks like the race will still be able to be run as scheduled at the Big Sur International Marathon, which is set for the 1st of May. The heavy rains and storms that have been pounding the California coast in recent weeks loosened the soil to the point where stretches of the earth under the Pacific Coast Highway collapsed this week.

But, the race organizers have alternate routes in mind – check out the full story here and here.

Three New Races for the Rock & Roll Marathon & Half Marathon Series

The famed Rock & Roll Marathon & Half Marathon series brings its energetic, music-themed race events to three new cities across the United States in 2011 — Providence, R.I.; Savannah, Ga.; and St. Louis, Mo.

This brings the total list of cities with Rock & Roll events to 19, and what appears to be great new opportunities for thousands more people to take part in some really cool races.

For more on the Rock & Roll series and to sign up for any of the new races, click here.