On July 11th I raced in the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon in Portland Maine, and had the time of my life.  It was a hot day on a hilly course, so I can’t say that it was my best time, but for the beauty of the course, the support and post race party, it was a grand race.

The course began on the waterfront as runners stream up Commercial Street, past the touristy eateries and shops along the water.  At mile 2 runners began climbing past parkland and a cemetery, then circled back down and retraced their steps before heading out on a recreational trail for a tour of Back Cove.  After a final climb over a bridge, runners completed the loop with a straight shot to the finish line, where they collected their unique finisher medal and were feted to pizza, drinks, Kind bars, snacks, watermelon and live music. Among the other 3,000 finishers were runners from 43 states – clearly, the word is out about what a great destination race this is. For more information about the race, visit www.oldporthalfmarathon.com.


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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