As a dad of two kids under 5, I need to make the most of my personal running time. I like to be at home with my kids, yet I still want to feel like I got some quality “alone time” out there on the race courses, as race days are me-time (except when I’m running with my kiddos).
At my current fitness level, the half distance allows me to feel like I put in a solid workout without being tired, sore, or out of commission afterwards. I mean, I have cheerleading competitions to attend and softball practices to coach, as well provide the primary parenting figure most nights when my wife works. This is all in addition to holding down a full-time job AND doing a bunch of work here on Run Oregon. Basically I’m a busy guy (which I love!), but the half allows me to go out and put in a decent time and push myself without having to spend too much time training.
When I was in pre-marathon mode back in 2013, I felt a little out of sorts with my schedule and my family time as I grooved into my training regimen. When it was over I was ecstatic to have finished…and was immediately ready to go back to halves.
While I have competed in all distances from 1-milers to a full marathon, and will continue to race in new and exciting races of all distances, the half marathon is right in my wheelhouse and I love them.