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I did Hartford last year and I enjoyed it. I like the support of the crowds, bands, radio stations etc but I didn't care for the coarse too much. Not very pretty and I found the slow incline up hill at the end very challenging.<br><br>
Has anyone done Mystic? Should I consider this one instead?
 

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NOOOOOO! Then I won't get to meet you... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I think you should do what works best for you, actually. I don't know anything about Mystic, so I can't help with this vital decision.
 

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I know! Being to meet up with some of my PRT imaginary friends is definitely a factor here!
 

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JackDuggan is supposed to be at Hartford... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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I haven't done either, but will running in Hartford in a few weeks.<br><br>
I think they change the Hartford course this year. I'm not sure if it's at the end or elsewhere though.
 

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I have run the Hartford marathon several times and the ex-Mystic marathon (as part of a relay team)...<br><br>
It is true that there is no longer a Mystic 1/2M, but there is a 1/2 Marathon that is on the old mystic course, now renamed the Niantic Bay 1/2 Marathon-happening on Sept 30th. I do not know the course outlay or how it has changed. It (the old mystic marathon course) was a bit twisty and had some minor hills previously.<br><br>
Hartford is also redesigned now. Both the 1/2 and full marathon are much flatter and cut out the hilly section at the ends of both races. The 1/2M course now goes along the river after going briefly into EHartford and back across the bridge into Hartford. I think the bridges are the only 'hills'.<br><br>
I'd pick Hartford, personally, but it's your choice.<br><br>
Good luck.<br>
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I am registered for the HM as well. I have an 18 miler (my first) scheduled for that day and was going to do the HM and then try to fit in 5mi either right before or right after....but then got thinking about how likely that will actually be.<br><br>
So I decided this week I"m going to do the Marathon route and stop at the 18mi point. I feel odd about that, knowing that going into it I'm not going to finish...but this is just a training run on my way to Philly!
 

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What a great idea! You will have entertainment, crowd support and encouragement, water stops, porta potties and everything you will need for your long run! I love it! When I see the guy leaving the course at mile 18 I will wave! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1">
 

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Thanks, Shades! That was totally my plan and intention...which got squished last night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad2"><br><br>
I went to pick up my packet, and silly me, was honest with the people there. I told them I signed up for the HM, but have since changed my plans, told her I was only doing 18 miles and thus wanted to run the M course.<br><br>
I told her I would like to avoid everyone and their brother yelling at me after the split off (mile 4) that I went the wrong way. If it was only a few miles I could handle it...but 14 miles of hearing "Sir, you're on the wrong course!" etc would drive me crazy!<br><br>
Besides, I didn't want to seem like I was banditing the full course...you know, paying for a half, but running the full instead. Although I told them I had no interest in completing the whole thing. They were very confused as to why I didn't give a rats ass about my chip and time. I explained that I was just looking to get a taste of the experience for my first full in Philly.<br><br>
So I asked what we could do. I was quickly and un-empathetically told that if I wanted to run the M course I needed to pay the $40 difference and get a M bib.<br><br>
I'm not going to pay $40 for an extra 5 miles and the support it would provide. I thanked them for their time and decided I'll just do the half, hand in my chip, grab a water and do an extra 5 miles on the hartford streets.<br><br>
I thought about it on the way home and thought that maybe I could barter my volunteering services for a future race for the difference in price...but I figured they wouldn't accept as it's all about the cash!<br><br>
Oh well, so I'll be on the half course after all!!<br><br><br>
 

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Wow! That sounds like a stressful and confusing situation. How did you end up doing on the half? I plan on using your idea of running a race as a training run this weekend. My company is holding a 1/2 marathon and they have been pushing me to run in it the last couple of years but I like Hartford. This year I have agreed to run in it this coming Sunday-but I will not be treating it as a race-rather it will be my long run.
 

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Yeah, it was a pain in the ass, but I understand their stance.<br><br>
I ended up run/walking the first 4 miles because I stayed with a friend of mine who is just getting back into running. We were averaging an 11:30/12:00ish min/mile. I said goodbye to here at the water station right before the bridge and then took off on my own pace.<br><br>
I was rocking a pace that stayed between 9:15-9:40 for the rest of the race....which is fast for me knowing that I have those additional 5 miles AFTER the race. The last mile plus was 8:50.<br><br>
I tried keeping in mind that I had an additional 5 miles after the race, but I felt comfortable so I kept it up. After the race I grabbed my medal, a bottle of water and headed off for a trail near my wife's work.<br><br>
Got down there along the river and saw it was part of the marathon course! So I just tried to find streets that weren't affected by the race, but not far from bushnell park (since I don't know Hartford very well).<br><br>
I ended up cutting the run short at 16 miles, as my wife and kids were waiting for me in the park and I felt guilty. Had plenty of steam left for those extra 2 miles though!<br><br>
I ended up with my worst HM time (2:16:30) because of the first 4 miles, but I don't regret it one bit. I had a lot of fun running with my friend and am super-happy with my performance with the last 9 miles.<br><br>
Go for it, Shades! It really is a great way to break up the monotony of running by yourself. you get a training run with fan support and aid stations! Whats better than that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"> Good luck and most importantly, have fun!!!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
 
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