I am planning on running a half marathon at the end of October. I know lots of local runners are planning on running the City of Oaks on 11/2 so I thought I would share how I am planning on using the Global Run for Water 5k as part of my training.
First, the course is a cross country course ( lots of shade on trail) located at Wake Med soccer park. Running on this course will help me strengthen different muscles versus when I just run on the sidewalks or streets. http://www.active.com/running/articles/5-reasons-to-try-trail-running.
Second, I know for me I start needing some inspiration as my training ramps up. Participating in a local race that has a positive global impact with people cheering for me will definitely help me be inspired. I participated in this race in 2013 while training for the Outer Banks Marathon (Nov 2013) so I remember how that helped me.
Third, I have been a, “runner” since 2009. I have looked over lots of training plans over the last 5 years and like the idea of incorportating hills and speed work to help me become a stronger and faster runner. http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/hit-the-hills?page=single There is a great training hill (with cheering spectators) on part of this course. J
Fourth, depending on when I can schedule in my, “long run” I know I can always run this course more than once (knowing there is water and snacks near finish) if I need to schedule a longer run that day.
-Article written by Jenn Smith, an avid Cary, NC runner!