Half Marathons & Full Marathons on My Mind

You guys, I am already so excited about the Palm Beaches Half. Two nights ago I had a dream about it, and last night I had a great progression run which left me wishing it was THIS WEEKEND!

Speaking of which, I can’t believe I forgot to show you the awesome bib from last weekend’s half.


I love that the background is of the beach! The medal was a little bit boring though.


Last year the medal was of the state of Florida which I thought was really cool.


I’m not familiar with the course at Palm Beaches at all, but the map sort of reminds me of last year’s Fort Laudedale course in that it’s mostly just straight up and down the coast. I love courses like this!

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Obviously, I’m really excited about half marathons right now, but I’ve also got Marathon #2 running through my mind.

In fact, I’m currently on the hunt for a Fall 2015 marathon to register for!

At first I thought I might want to run the Miami Marathon in January 2016, but I realized that:

A.) I don’t want to wait until January to run my next full and

B.) There is the potential that it will be 80+ degrees in January here in Miami which would be killer. It was in the 80s at the end of the Portland Marathon for me and I don’t want to experience that feeling again anytime soon.

My requirements for Marathon #2 are simple:

  • Almost guaranteed cool / cold weather
  • As flat as possible
  • Scenic course

If you have any recommendations, I am all ears!

I know now if I choose a course up north no matter how flat the race is described as it won’t be as flat as I’m used to down here in Florida, and that’s okay. This time I will be sure to train properly for a “flat” course rather than a flat course ; )!

Maybe Chicago? Hmmmmm……

Are you registered for any 2015 races yet? Planning any big races for next year? Which ones? Marathon recommendations are welcome! 



  1. November 13, 2014 / 5:08 am

    I’m registered for Berlin half, Oslo half, and I am going to sign up for Florence marathon again if I like it.
    You should come to Europe and run the Florence marathon with me in Novemer 2015! :3 It’s in Italy so it’s obviously beautiful, the temperature is normally around 10-15 degrees C there in November, and it’s flat. The perfect marathon 😉

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:39 pm

      That does sound perfect, but the flight home would probably kill me off! haha

      I would have to wait at least 3-5 days before I could take that long flight home! I can’t wait to read all about the course and the marathon after you run it!

  2. November 13, 2014 / 6:42 am

    A great marathon for next fall could be one of the many in California! Long Beach is pretty flat and the weather is almost always good for running in SoCal! Haha

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:40 pm

      I’ve thought about California, but I think the flight home might be too long even if I wait a couple of days before going back to Florida. I think I need something on the east side of the country this time!

      I will never, ever, EVER forget that flight home from Portland! haha

  3. November 13, 2014 / 7:16 am

    It seems like the cooler the weather, the more hills there could be:) But Chicago could be a good option! I’ve heard its nice and flat and its usually a little cooler.

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:41 pm

      Yes! I think you are right, I’ve been thinking about that too. If I choose a marathon anywhere outside of South Florida I will need to run bridges a lot more … and run inclines on the treadmill and run stairs and all of that good stuff to simulate the course!

  4. November 13, 2014 / 8:01 am

    If you want a flat northern course I hear that the Indianapolis Monumental is very flat…I have never ran there but that is what I have heard. I am running Rock and Roll Nashville in April and following that up with a Tough Mudder in May. I have always wondered what it would be like to do one of these, I think it will be more of a test on my strength training!!

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:43 pm

      You will have a blast at Tough Mudder! Adam did Tough Mudder Miami last year and it was so much fun to watch. I wish he would do it again! I don’t think I would have survived it… the wall climb at the end would not be good for me 😀 haha

      Thank you for the Indy recommendation, I will check it out! Maybe I can catch a Colts game afterwards!

  5. Molly
    November 13, 2014 / 8:26 am

    The Twin Cities Marathon! It is usually the first Sunday in October, so it’s already starting to get chilly there. I’d say about 45 degrees at the start and up to 55 or so by the finish. I haven’t actually run it (ok…I haven’t run any marathon yet, but I’m hoping next year is the year), but I’ve heard the course is beautiful. It is mostly flat, but there is one pretty steep hill, which of course is toward the end around mile 21.

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:44 pm

      Oh that weather sounds perfect! That’s pretty much exactly what I’m looking for in terms of temperatures! The hill at mile 21 would be awful BUT if it’s the only one I think I could handle it. I am going to check out the race website now. Thank you!

  6. November 13, 2014 / 8:31 am

    You should be safe with most places in the Midwest for a flat full 🙂 Indy, Columbus, Twin Cities, and Chicago are some of the flattest courses out there.

    Right now the only race I’m signed up for is my March half in the rolling hills (seriously, like 200 feet of elevation gains in the first six miles – WHAT WAS I THINKING) of Kentucky. But it looks like a beautiful course through Lexington, which is just three hours from Columbus. I definitely need to start training on hills more.

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:47 pm

      Oh man, that sounds tough! At least you have plenty of time between now and race day to train for the hills!

      I think the Midwest is going to have to be the place for me!

  7. November 13, 2014 / 8:44 am

    I will suggest a PA run because that is my expertise! The Steamtown Marathon in Scranton is in October- PERFECT cool, fall, PA weather generally occurs for this race as I believe it is in October. I have never run it, but I do know 2 absolute truths about it due to knowing so many people that run it… and the all say the same two things:

    1. It is a fast, flat course. People go here to BQ.
    2. The fall foliage is amazing!!!!!!!!!

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:48 pm

      I would love to run a course that has trees with colorful leaves, and I like the idea of doing another October marathon so I can participate in the Storm Series again. Will you also run it and then wait for me at the finish line? 🙂

      • November 14, 2014 / 8:16 am

        Kristina, if you ran Steamtown I would either run the whole thing with you, or come cheer you on!!!!

        • November 14, 2014 / 3:21 pm

          It’s on my short list! I love that it’s on the east coast and that the weather is usually cool but not freezing!

          Plus, I have a bit of a personal journey that it would help fulfill I think. My stepfather was from PA and after he passed away last year my mom had him cremated (per his request), but also per his request he wanted to be laid to final rest up in PA with his family. My mom hasn’t been able to bring him up yet – she just hasn’t been emotionally ready to part with him – but I think that time could be coming soon and going up for the marathon next year could nail two birds with one stone.

          • November 14, 2014 / 10:39 pm

            I can only imagine how it would be difficult to part with his remains. Where in PA was he from?

  8. November 13, 2014 / 8:55 am

    Dreaming about races, you must be crazy lol.

    We have the first quarter of next year all booked up with races. I’m losing track of all of them lol.

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:49 pm

      That’s so awesome! After a boring summer with no races, isn’t it exciting to have lots of things on the schedule?!

  9. November 13, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Just registered for my first marathon in March 2015!! I got the bug and wanted to do one ASAP (in runners time – this means 20 weeks out because of training ;))

  10. November 13, 2014 / 10:28 am

    Are you running the A1A half? My fieldwork roommate is. It’ll be her first half and she’s really excited and nervous about it.

    I’d recommend the Twin Cities, Chicago, or Indy. The midwest is pretty flat. Plus you’ll get lots of fall colors that time of year, especially in Minneapolis. It usually isn’t hot that time of year either. I really enjoyed the Dawn of the Dunes marathon, which is in Gary, IN next October, but I don’t know that the course counts as “scenic”, unfortunately (it is Gary, IN). It was really well organized and pretty flat, and the temperatures were perfect.

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:52 pm

      I haven’t decided if I’m going to do that race or not. If I don’t get my goal time by the Miami half in Jan. then I will definitely do the A1A race. If I do get my goal time by then I probably won’t do it just because all of these races cost so much money! Last year Adam and I did the 5K the day before the A1A so we might do that again.

      I would take perfect temperatures + flat over any other combination!

  11. November 13, 2014 / 10:39 am

    I wish I could run in Florida. SO SO flat. I have to go to a track to find an area around here that flat. You probably would not believe if I told you there was a flat marathon in Oregon, but trust me, the Eugene Marathon is super fast and flat. Come back to Oregon. 🙂 I have also heard great things about the Chicago Marathon.

    I don’t think I am am going to be running a stand alone marathon next year because I am planning on doing an Ironman which has a marathon in it. That will be enough for one year. I have a feeling I will be running a lot of 10K and Half Marathon Distance races. Let us all know when you decide!

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:55 pm

      Seriously SO flat! My half marathon last weekend had a total elevation change of less than 30 feet and ALL of that could be attributed to the one bridge!

      Hmmmmmmmm I will be skeptical of all Oregon races that are described as flat for the rest of my life! I do plan to come back for another crack at the Portland Marathon at some point within the next five years, haha.

      I can’t wait for you to take on the full Ironman! I know you must be so anxious to get started training for it!

  12. November 13, 2014 / 10:59 am

    Monumental in Indianapolis is flat as a board and a fun race. It was my first marathon a few years ago! Also, selfishly I would love for you to run it so I could go cheer for you! I also LOVED the Columbus, Ohio marathon. The course was super fun and it’s my marathon PR!

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:58 pm

      If I sign up for Monumental will you run it with me?? I am going to check out the race website now. Flat as a board is exactly the kind of course I am on the hunt for!

      • November 14, 2014 / 7:37 am

        oh man! Running it with you would be awesome! But I can’t make any promises, because who knows what foolish ideas I will come up with before then! I’m pretty sure I could guarantee some celebratory eating afterward though!

        • November 14, 2014 / 3:18 pm

          Hahaha well celebratory eating sounds good to me!!!

          Just be prepared that if it happens I would make you tell me the story of your ultras over and over again 😀

  13. November 13, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    Well, I have only run in one marathon–so I can’t really recommend. You could train for small rolling hills with stairs…
    Do you have to qualify for Chicago?
    I like that your bib number has your name on it. For a runner, isn’t that like having your name in lights???

    • November 13, 2014 / 2:59 pm

      Chicago has a lottery entry but no pre-qualifications. I think I’m definitely going to throw my hat into the ring for that race and see what happens. I’d like to experience a race that large at least one time just to see what it’s like!

      • November 13, 2014 / 9:05 pm

        I got selected the first time I entered the lottery (I had to defer because of my injury so I run Chicago next year)

        • November 14, 2014 / 3:16 pm

          Ohhhh I didn’t realize you were running it next year! PERFECT! Now I really hope I get in!

  14. November 13, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    So exciting to make plans. Run Jenny Run knows better than I do, but the Wineglass Marathon in Corning NY is not only flat but a slight downgrade. Plus you get great swag–wineglass, glass medal, etc. It’s in early October. I would love to do it someday!

    • November 14, 2014 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks, Jenn! I will ask Jenny for more info. I like the idea of a race in NY and I have been browsing their site for the last 20 minutes. This one definitely looks promising!

  15. November 13, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    I love that you are always planning and thinking about new races – so cool that you are ready to pick another marathon!!!

    • November 14, 2014 / 3:15 pm

      I really love to know what I’m doing well in advance! I signed up for the Portland Marathon in December 2013, so almost a full year before the big day!

  16. November 13, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    It should definitely be Chicago! The course is flat, the scenery is beautiful, it’s in the Fall, and it’s relatively cool…the complete marathon package!

    • November 14, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      I am definitely throwing my hat in the ring for Chicago! If I don’t make it through the lottery I might choose a different race and try again in 2015…. or maybe sign up through a charity.

  17. November 13, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    Totally reading eveyones recs too – marathon and halves on my brain too 🙂 Thanks Jenn @ Running on Lentils, so far Wineglass, Chicago, and MCM are on the list! Decisions decisions. Will be fun to run the same one!

    • November 14, 2014 / 3:17 pm

      Eeeep the more I think about Chicago the more I hope I/we get in! Wineglass sounds really cool too… and MCM! I want to do them all 😀

  18. November 14, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    The Shamrock is in March in VA beach. It will be cool, (usually) and fairly flat, and it’s a huge event, and the stay off season is pretty cheap. I don’t know if I could run it this year, but i could drive down and cheer 🙂
    I’ve thought about doing it next year!

    • November 14, 2014 / 3:23 pm

      March is too soon for me right now! I need something for the fall of next year. I’m not ready to tackle 26.2 again YET!

      You should definitely sign up for the following year! I know you’ve been thinking/wondering if you should do a full, and the answer is YES you should! 😀

      • November 16, 2014 / 7:41 pm

        Come to Richmond!! Sign up now is up for next year and it’s cheap 🙂 It’s a great course and it’s November- perfect lol

  19. November 14, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    How about the Gold Coast Marathon next July? Ticks all your boxes, except is a bit of a distance to get to, but its definitely scenic, cool weather and flat. 🙂
    So pumped for you choosing ne races – SO motivating and inspiring hey! 🙂

      • November 17, 2014 / 10:16 pm

        I can ONLY consider the Gold Coast race if you promise you’ll run it too if I go! That’s too far of a flight for me not to get to meet you at the end of it!

  20. November 14, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    Hm. Fall races in Florida sounds HOT. Maybe a race in the midwest would be nice? I’ve heard there are some good ones in Michigan!

    • November 17, 2014 / 10:15 pm

      Michigan? I will have to check out some races up there. I haven’t been to Michigan in a couple of years, but it would be fun to go back! My best friend went to grad school up there, I bet I could convince her to go with me!

  21. November 16, 2014 / 4:18 pm

    I’m thinking about doing the full in Las Vegas November 2015! It looks like a lot of fun!

    • November 17, 2014 / 10:14 pm

      Oh, I bet that would be fun and humidity wouldn’t be a concern! I’ll have to add that to my list!! Thank you!

  22. November 16, 2014 / 11:06 pm

    CHICAGO!!!! because I’m running it 😀

    • November 17, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      You are?!? Eeeeek, I hope I get in! I’m definitely going to throw my name into the lottery!

  23. October 12, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    I really want to train for a half marathon. Do you have any training tips? I’m still struggling with my 5Ks and I think I need to treat my asthma to make any progress. But what has helped you get to running half marathons? And, sorry to hear about your stepfather – but if you could find a marathon out in PA, it would probably be a great time to also take his ashes out there! Best of luck.