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Race Preview: Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

Posted Sep 17 2010 11:15am

Love, love, love Friday before a race weekend, it is the same feeling I had in college on Friday before my football games.  This year I have focused on training and running half marathons to help increase my speed for my 2011 marathon season.  It has been tough not running a marathon this year, but I have definitely found a new friend in the half marathon distance.  This is  the 5th half marathon I have trained for this year and I so excited to get to Philadelphia to run a Rock ‘n’ Roll race.

The half marathon is such a great distance for many reasons; for me I specifically like that the training is not as long and that on race day you still have a big race feel.  For beginners it is a great distance to step up to before you make the commitment to run a full marathon and for advanced runners it is perfect time to test yourself both physically and mentally.

The Race: The Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series offers both full and half marathons across the country where you can experience 16 events that blend the excitement of rock ‘n’ roll music with  world-class endurance events.

Their website says “Each destination offers a unique flavor to the already-spicy blend of  live entertainment, scenic courses, supportive spectators, inspiring cheerleaders and post race concerts you’ll never forget, peppered with the ultimate sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you’ll feel after crossing that finish line.”

The Philadelphia leg of the series offers a half marathon that is flat and fast.  Starting in downtown Philadelphia the course takes you through the city of Brotherly Love and out along the Schuylkill River.  As with all other races in this series, the course is lined with entertainment and a full expo is available leading up to the race.

Personal Notes/Goals: With any race I run one of my goals is to make it to the start line feeling healthy and mentally prepared.  The training scheudle that I built for myself has definitely prepared me for a great race; I feel strong and I am ready to go. Being such a flat course with no difficult elevation changes I would love to be able to maintain a fast pace.  I will likely get out to a conservative start over the first 5-6 miles then pick it up for the remaining distance.  I am not going to predict a time or try to set a PR, but that doesn’t mean that I am not going to go out there and hammer it.  I am going to see how I feel and if all systems point to go I will push myself.

I am excited to run a Rock ‘n’ Roll event, I have heard great things about them and so far the whole process has been organized and highly professional.  The fee for the race was a bit steep and my costs into the race are a hotel and train ticket, but it will all be worth it when I cross the finish line.

I feel ready and prepared for an awesome day and look forward to being out there with thousands of other runners.  Sunday can’t come fast enough; it is game time!

For more information about the race take a look at the Rock ‘n’ Roll website .

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