Most of the snow has gone and now it's time to get down to some racing business. The season starts on Sunday for me at the B&A 1/2 Marathon down on the B&A trail in Severna Park. This has worked out being the season opener for me the past few years and gives a good early season test of the run fitness. It comes just two weeks before the National Marathon and so should give a great idea of a target time for the marathon.
Back in October I set a PR in the Pittsburgh 1/2 marathon and that came off the back of some limited run training at the end of a rest period. That time was 1hr 18mins 34secs and so I hoping to beat that.....probably not by much but hopefully. The B&A is normally a relatively competitive field and I am looking forward to a good fast race.
The only trouble is that it is a full field at just over 1,000 runners and if you have ever been on the B&A trail, it isn't that wide when the course is an out and back. Coming back from the turnaround is interesting to say the least with a huge pack of runners coming towards you.....perhaps carrying a bell will help!!!!