Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Runner Half Marathon Challenge!

Yesterday I wrote about my plans to run the 13.1 NYC marathon on April 2. I'm really looking forward to the training and the race, especially because several of my friends are also running it.

Because I think it will be such a fun time, but also because I know that training for 13.1 is a big deal, I'm looking for YOU to run the half-marathon with ME in the

Happy Runner Half Marathon Challenge!
(or HRHMC for short)

Now, don't worry, it doesn't have to be in person (although that would be great). We're all kinds of virtual in this here blogging world. And, you don't even have to run all 13.1 miles at once. If you're not up for training for the full 13.1, you can run the half marathon distance over the course of 2-3 days. The rules are very flexible :-)

All you have to do is commit. Commit to running (virtually or in person) a half-marathon (all at once or over 3 days) with the Happy Runner! If you do, you will be rewarded, I promise.

What's in it for you:
  • Weekly training updates -- each Monday I'll post an update of my plan and how I did with my training. I'll also give you updates on how the other runners are doing and you can share your updates too.
  • Forum for questions -- I'll put out a call for questions each week. You can comment with whatever questions you have and then I'll collect them and include them in a post for all readers to give their opinions. We'll all benefit from our collective running wisdom!
  • Motivation -- I'll share some motivational quotes and tips throughout the training period. Committing to the challenge will help you keep up with the running through the dreary days of winter.
  • Goodies -- People, there will be prizes. Fun, fun running prizes!
  • A discount -- If you would like to run the 13.1 NYC marathon with me, I have a discount code to share. Woo hoo!
Here are the specifics:
  • The Challenge starts Monday, January 10, 2011. This will give you 12 weeks to train for the full half, if that's what you'd like to do. (Here are some plans: Hal Higdon, Runner's World, Cool Running.)  
  • There are THREE options for running the half: 
    • Run the 13.1 marathon NYC and meet up with the Happy Runner, et al, on April 2, 2011.
    • OR run some other half marathon that weekend. 
    • OR run a total of 13.1 miles anytime from Friday, April1 through Sunday, April 3 (two 5m runs and a 5k, for example).
  • On Monday, April 4th, I'll post a race report and ask you to do the same and to leave a comment with your half marathon time.
  • I'll post a list of all the participants, your results and link to your race reports
  • I'll chose the lucky prize winners. I'll keep you all updated on the prizes as more come in.
To sign up:
  • Leave me a comment -- feel free to think about it for a bit; I'll post the first list of participants on 1/14.
  • If you plan to run the 13.1 NYC marathon as part of this challenge and would like the discount code, include your email address and I'll send it to you.
That's it! Feel free to share the challenge with others -- the more, the merrier!

I hope you'll join me! We'll have fun. I promise :-)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~ Felice

65 comments:

Rose said...

So, as I started reading this blog entry, I was thinking "what a neat idea, a longer virtual race. I wonder who is nuts enough to sign up for it."

And by the time I finished reading this entry I knew the answer. Me.

Damnit.

Sign me up, yo. Running virtually. It will be a good incentive to run longer distances again, to remind myself I can.

Savannah said...

I'm in - I'm planning on running the Indiana University Mini Marathon that weekend!

Nobel4Lit said...

I'm running a marathon at the end of March but since I have another one in May, I'm pretty sure I can meet the mileage for this virtual race!

Manderz said...

I'm in and I'll be at the race with you!! Sounds like fun :)

Anonymous said...

Sign me up!
I will be there - with you on April 2nd.

Bridget said...

Sorry - I forgot to put that Anonymous is BRIDGET!
I hit the wrong button.

Bridget said...

Sorry - I forgot to put that Anonymous is BRIDGET!
I hit the wrong button.

Maggie said...

Maggie is in--from Florida!

Gules said...

Great idea. I'm thinking of doing my first half marathon this year so this might be good for me. I'll have to give a think about it but I will let you know.

Janis G said...

I LOVE THIS- yay! Sign me up- I'll be in NYC on 4/2/11!

sTyliSH1 said...

I'm in but I'll be one of the 2-3 day runners lol. I don't have the confidence to go from beginner to half that soon :)

proudpatriot07 said...

Oh shoot, I'm running a half marathon tomorrow! Was really hoping it started today, haha.

I'll join anyway because I know I can run 13.1 over the three days of that weekend =D. I don't live in an area with many races so I don't know that I'd be able to do another half during that time period so yeah.

Amy Lauren

The Turtle said...

I have 14 miles on my training plan that day, so I am in for the virtual race. I'll be running in Texas, but NYC sounds like more fun.

RunningOnCoffee said...

That's awesome that you are able to offer a discount code for the NYC Half! I'm in NJ only an hour from NYC, however back in early December, I registered for a local half marathon in PA (only 20-25 min away) on 4/3/11.

I'm starting my training on Monday as well! I've been looking at training plans after using Smart Coach for the first two half marathons, and decided to try Hal Higdon's Intermediate half plan for this one.

merrymishaps said...

While my next half (so far, anyway!) isn't until May, I conveniently have a 10-mile race on April 3. I'm sure I can squeeze another 5K in that weekend!

FruitFly said...

I'll be between half marathons and busy training, so I will just watch from the sidelines. I'm looking forward to following along with everything though!

Marlene said...

I'm in without a doubt! What a fun idea!!!

SMG2008 said...

ooooh, perfect timing. thought I am doing the STL half marathon the very next weekend. Like a PP said, though, maybe I'll add a 3 mile run to the scheduled 10 mile run so I can participate.

Sarah Richie said...

I'll sign-up. I'd like to go to NYC...I need to check on travel costs first. Otherwise, Ill just run around Iowa.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

The NYC half would be amazing!! I will be excited to follow your journey.

I am running my FIRST HALF marathon TOMORROW! :D

Since I will be training for my 2nd full marathon on 5/14, you can bet that I will virtually run 13.1 with you!

Laura said...

I'm in! I am actually running the NYC half on March 20th ...didn't know about the one you are doing...

Karen said...

Sounds awesome - count me in :)

J said...

I'm in! Sounds like a lot of fun! This will be right at the end of my half training so i am sure this will help me train.

mandjfrey said...

YAY!!! I'm in!!! Thank you for doing this! This is great!!! I hope to be there on 4/2 with all you fabulous ladies!!

Darlene said...

I love a challenge! BUT..........my half is Jan 16 - ifI survive I may run with you Apr (email is dsc59@nycap.rr.com) or if not I will run that weekend!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

What a fun idea! Can't wait to follow along! (That a week before one of the halves that I really want to do well in, so I'm out, but following is gonna be fun.)

Brian said...

Sounds like fun, count me in!

H Love said...

Sounds great! When is race day?

The Happy Runner said...

Hi -- It's 4/2, but you can run the mileage anytime 4/1-3!

MCM Mama said...

I am so in! I need a good virtual race to train for! Wish I could come up and run with you, but I think I'll be in St. Maarten that weekend. ;o)

RunningOnCoffee said...

MCM Mama- I went to St Martin at the end of August! (stayed on the French side) Have fun!!

Running Kiwi said...

Ahhhhh I WISH I was joining you in person, I was really really hoping this would be on the 25th of April (to match last year's date), when we will be flying home from London via New York ... not to be though :(
Good luck with the training!

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm in! Definitely!

Suzy said...

I'll be part of the group in NYC for the race! So, I'm in. :)

HudkinsFamily said...

This is great! I'm running my 1st 1/2 marathon on April 2nd in Cook Forest, PA! I'd love to join your challenge and recieve tips and motivation over the next 12 weeks!
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Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel said...

Love it!

I may or may not being doing an ultra the weekend before, but I'll definitely get in the 13.1, whether it's all at once or broken into shorter segments.

Melissa said...

This is the motivation I need! There is a half on April 2nd I was thinking about running...but I have been having a hard time committing. Afraid I wont be ready. What better time to commit than now !

Marthacooper said...

Hi Felice, I am excited to join you. I am running my first half in over a decade on 4/2 in Bentonville, AR. Thanks!

13point1miles said...

Ahhh, I totally would do this, but I am running a 5K on 4/3 and I REALLY want to PR, so I am hoping to have fresh legs. This is such a great idea though. Can't wait to see how everyone does!

The Laminator said...

Ooh! Fun! Good luck Felice :)
I ran this race last year...and live right across the street from Flushing Meadows Park so if you got questions about the course, etc, I'm your man. Good luck with your training :)

Leah said...

I'll (hopefully) be preggers, so I will have to be a 3 day racer, but count me in!!!

Christine said...

I'll do it!!!

I'm doing my first marathon this year and this will be a good way to make sure I am doing what I need in prep for it.

Lisa said...

I will join! I'm expecting to be training for my own half marathon in mid april, so this will need to be the three day version for me.

macnic said...

I will join as I'll be in half marathon training for the one I'm going to run on May 15th. I'll just be sure to the the K's in that weekend!

massage momma said...

I'm also in. I'll be running a half marathon at the beginning of May. I've started using Hal Higdon's training plan, so this will be fun!

Tricia said...

I'm in!

(Please,if its not too late)

Oz Runner said...

count me in..

Liz Zuercher said...

Hey Felice! Love your blog. Hope you are well. I'm in Columbus OH now. Anyway, count me in for the 13.1 challenge. I'm signed up for the St. Louis half on April 10th.

Brooklyn said...

Yo yo, I'm totally in! Will be signing up shortly!

Party of Nine said...

Hi Felice, I am a beginner runner, started running again this summer after a long break. 7 kids later and I am running more and longer than I ever have since high school. My goal this year is to run a half and I started my training this week. I would love to join you on your journey. Thanks for the opportunity :)

JOYfilled Family said...

count me in. my (soon to be 16yo) daughter and i are training for our first 13.1, in march. we started training during the first week of jan.
i'm working on getting fit, gaining energy and loosing my post preg weight (from all 5 children).

amandainbalance said...

I'm in. It will be over 2-3 days:-)

streak said...

I'll in for the at home run. Thanks for putting this together. Looking forward to it.

Quix said...

OOoh...umm... I had planned to work the short distances this spring but I'm tempted. :) I'll consider it. I'd like to see if I can eek out 13.1 while training more for 5k/10k/sprint tris. :)

Jeremy McNamara said...

I'm already signed up for the NYC half, so I might as well join the challenge!

Jill @ Run for the Hills said...

I'm in too! I'm running the Oak Barrel Half on 4/2.

Run with Jess said...

Darn it, I just saw this! I'm running 13 today anyway!

sammy said...

Bugger! I have just decided to do a half marathon, but way too late to join you!

madeline said...

Please send me the discount code for the NY City 13.1. I am ready for the challenge! My email is Madeline@Madfitness.com

PollyAnna said...

I'll join! I have my 2nd half of the year at the end of April. It will be good to have a virtual running group. Thanks for organizing!

Jamie Madden said...

I'm thinking I want to do this. So sign me up!

Patriciakhqh said...

Sign me up! I will be there - with you on April 2nd.

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