Monday, November 17, 2014

Philly Half Course Guide & Plan

The Philadelphia Half Marathon is less than a week away and I am so excited! I am studying the course and planning my race strategy.

Race Course & Plans

I am splitting the race into four parts in my mind:

Miles 1-4

  • Course: Straight & flat to start. Love Park, Chinatown, Waterfront.
  • Fuel: Water stations at 2 & 3.5; take a gel around Mile 4.
  • Plan: Don't start out too fast. Warm up, notice the sights.

Miles 5-7

  • Course: Great crowd support. Independence Hall & Liberty Bell.
  • Fuel: Water stations at 5 & 7. Stay hydrated.
  • Plan: Find a groove. Enjoy the sights & crowd.

Miles 8-10

  • Course: Hardest stretch - Miles 8 & 10 are each steady uphills. Zoo at Mile 9.
  • Fuel: Water stations at 8 & 9.8 (Clif Shots here); take a gel around Mile 8.
  • Plan: Anticipate the hills. Focus on maintaining effort, not pace.

Miles 11-13.1

  • Course: Quiet section, could be windy by the river. Art Museum(!) at finish.
  • Fuel: Water station at 11; take a gel around Mile 11.
  • Plan: Pick up the pace. Don't sprint too early, the crowd noise can fool you.

Elevation profile for the half marathon


Race Mantra

Embrace the Journey


  1. Love your race mantra! I hope you have a BLAST! I've wanted to do this race - maybe one day. Can't wait to hear about it after!

  2. Great to have multiple goals! Looks like the weather is going to warm up, too!

    1. Thanks Malinda! Fingers crossed for good weather :)

  3. Sounds like a great plan. How about post race photo on the Rocky Steps? haha :D

    1. Thanks Jennifer! If I can make it up those steps I'll take the picture :)