On 7th of April two members of our GoFit team took part to the Prague Half Marathon. The race occurred on a lovely spring day of April which as one may expect highlighted the beautiful colours of the Czech capital. This year almost 12,000 people took part to the race.
A half marathon is a complicate race itself to prepare for. One might think that just because it’s not as long as a full marathon that it might be less complicated. Well, let’s make this point very clear. If taken seriously a half marathon is a very difficult race to prepare for and to complete. This is of course if you prepare properly with a goal time in mind and following a proper schedule.
The Prague one takes you around the loveliest parts of city centre. If you like fast paces, then this is the race for you. Barely uphill at all and pretty flat it is one of the fastest half marathons that you may be doing at some point in your career. Already back in 2012 the winner completed the race in an astonishing 58:47 which is still one of the fastest times ever.
The organisation, RunCzech, was as usual very efficient arranging for plenty of water stations and health stations alongside the tracks ready to provide runners with anything. Even this year the organisation provided for everything a runner could need. A truly great experience for a race which this year celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
If you have not yet attended this half marathon and you are looking for something characteristic, then Prague is the place for you. You will be astonished of where you will be running, close to Charles Bridge, the Jewish historical Area and all along the Vltava river.
The Prague Half Marathon is the first of 6 races that RunCzech organises in the Czech Republic. All of them are worth completing.
GoFit will definitely be attending next years one but in the meantime see you next month for the full marathon! More to come about this event!
In the meantime HAPPY RUNNING!
51 Days to go!
The best way that I have to test if I am ready for a marathon is to actually run the half marathon. I figured this out by reading a great book about running written by Murakami – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
I know, I know it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out by yourself but I must admit that Murakami’s book is one of the best about running. Prague’s half marathon is fascinating for several reasons. One, is because it has been my first half marathon and secondly because the city is flat and allows for a nice steady fast race. The half marathon will allow you to see several parts of the city that I consider amazing. In chronological order if you decided to take up the run you will see the following spots:
Stating point – Namesti Jan Palach – This is right next to one of the most beautiful musics that one can imagine, The Rudolfinum. If you are in Prague for a couple of days I strongly advise you to go for a visit here. I have only seen something as spectacular in Palermo when at Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Continue reading Prague Half Marathon Part II
7th April 2018 is an important date for me. It is going to be the date on which I will (fingers crossed!) be running the Prague Half Marathon.
Before then (25th March 2018) I will be running the Stramilano for the 3rd time. It is a race that I hold at heart. I enjoy the city and the race normally starts off the running season. Overall Half Marathons are my thing; it is where I get into the zone. I love the right balance between running fast and also a fairly long distance. Everything seems to fit together when I do a half marathon, both mentally and physically. Maybe because it does not require the same training as a full marathon, maybe because I am more built for shorter distances, but so far it all comes naturally. I have completed full marathons but these require proper full immersion training (and talent). I do not know what it requires to complete a good half marathon. One would say good training, loads of repetition runs (bring them on!!!!) but instead of the usual advices I would like to share my personal touch on half marathons. It might be that you have read it already somewhere else but this is mine and by all means don’t hesitate to let me know your comments!
1) Ask yourself why do you run. What motivates you – What are your core values, beliefs & objectives? At this moment I am reassessing everything. 2018 is my year for doing that. My objective is to understand once and for all which type of runner am I and to concentrate my efforts in improving. Continue reading Half marathon Advice – Part I