The Next Challenge: A Half Marathon

Yesterday, I signed up to run the Istanbul Half Marathon. It’s set for Sunday April 27th. Should I complete it, it will be the first half-marathon that I have run. (I am still in the “conquering distances” phase of my running.)

I’ve been running regularly these past few months. My legs feel good. My feet still have a bit a of plantar fasciitis. I’ve been managing that through lots of stretching and liberal use of a tennis ball to massage the bottoms of my feet.

One of the many fun things about running is that it’s a great way to explore a place. As I’ve gotten used to Istanbul’s twisting, turning, rising, and falling streets I’ve been able to see places in the city I normally wouldn’t have made a special trip to see. It’s also let me “preview” places that I’d like to explore a bit more (for example, like Ortaköy, Arnavutköy, or Nişantaşı).

The route for the half marathon will take runners from not-quite-the-top of the Golden Horn down to the Marmara Sea, turning around at the Yenikapı ferry port and back. A beautiful course. I’ve done any runs along the Marmara Coast down there.


This is not the only race I hope to do. There is a team marathon race in the Belgrade Forest on April 5th. I’m hoping to be part of team for the Istanbul Expat Runners group. Teams of seven will run the 6K loop in the forest, and their times added together for a marathon total. The forest is a great place to run, with several good trails.

Despite Turkey not having a big running reputation, I’ve found there are plenty of opportunities to run in races here.

Now, the official training for my first half marathon begins!


14 thoughts on “The Next Challenge: A Half Marathon

  1. I spent a few month in Istanbul, I loved running around
    Gulhane Park and across Galata bridge. A half marathon there sounds like a lot of fun.

  2. The best thing about travelling is that you take your feet along with you! Keep on running! 🙂 🙂 🙂 There is a lot more to see…

  3. You have inspired me to sign up! I missed the Avrasya marathon last year, but a half marathon sounds much more realistic. I live on the Asian side and there are plenty of nice places to run for short distances – I don’t suppose you know any good places to run further over here?

    • A few people in an expat runner’s group I know through Facebook say they do a lot of their running along the coast there. Apparently, you can run from Kadıköy to Pendik. There’s a trail that people run, walk, and bike on.

      P.S. Welcome back to Istanbul!

  4. Glad to hear the good news! Time to use your new running shoes 😉
    Have you started training intensively?

    • Thank you! Yes, I will be using the new shoes very soon. Not specifically training. I’ve just been running, keeping my miles up. But in the coming weeks I’ll raise the intensity a bit to prepare for the race.

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