Gary from Hillsboroug, NJ (Male)
Age on race day: 45
2008 New Jersey Half Marathon - Long Branch, NJ
This was my 8th half marathon and I finished in 2:25:37.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for hobby. I decided to run a half marathon because I prefer the half to the full marathon -- it's just a nice long run.
I trained for 3 months, and I was coached by Echelon Coaching. During my training I averaged 15 miles per week.
The race is VERY well run and though there is not a large crowd they were friendly and helpful. They did put your name on your bib which personalized the experience. It was not windy however I understand the course can be much tougher when the usual winds are present. These people run a really great race. I am not sure I would be as happy doing the full marathon as it is a second lap of the half marathon course and that might be tough. Overall an excellent event.
I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I stretched, elevated my legs, and moved around a bit.
Prepare, get help, hire a coach or join a team, after you have done a few of these they are just fun. Do not worry so much about time goals just have a good time.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run half marathons because it's the perfect distance, you can come home and cut the grass after the race. I will do three or four half marathons this year but only one full marathon.
I dropped 10 pounds for this race, I'm going to try to drop another ten for the next.