Our friend Amanda wrote up a blog post on her experience at the 2016 Towpath Half Marathon. Amanda helped us out in the past as volunteer coordinator at the 2015 Towpath Marathon and now works with our timing partner Hermes Cleveland.
“I’ve run two half marathons in the past. The first came with less than two weeks’ warning when I won a free entry into the Magnificent Mile Women’s Half. I ran it in the grueling late August heat along the Chicago lakefront, and spent the next few days hobbling and occasionally wanting to cry, but I finished. My second happened about a year later, and this time my body was much more prepared for the distance at the Sunburst Half. We also enjoyed much cooler weather, and I knocked 30 minutes off my previous time thanks to a great pacer and friend. I still suffered in the days afterwards, but my performance boosted my confidence, and I’ve been eyeing down a third ever since.”