The course has rolling hills, and traverses the Hershey area- you’ll take in sites of the theme park (as you run through it) onto the cozy side streets that make up the town, and right through the Milton Hershey School dorms where the students cheer you on with nothing but positive amped up energy.
Trust me, it’s an amazing experience- plus the medals and swag each year are pretty awesome.
Training has already begun- ish. Basically, the plan of attack is this:
1. Increase monthly mileage throughout August and September (which I’m on track as far as that goes). The goal is to just get in more running time on my feet and follow this up with…
2. Incorporate one 13+ mile long per week by mid-September into October.
I’m trying to condition my body to run 4 miles every day and then sneak in a Half Marathon once a week to prepare for the distance. Every year I end up sabotaging myself by not getting in those long runs and conditioning myself for the 2 hours I’ll be on my feet.
I’ll do this up to the week before the race, rest for a day or two, maybe run some low mileage runs but give myself a little break before the race.
The goal this year is to finish right at 2 hours, or less. As long as I beat my previous years, I’ll be happy with that.