The more I read about keeping a consistent and "fresh" marathon training plan, the more I hear that you should try to incorporate races into your long run days (i.e. when you should be running 13 - 14 miles, add in a half marathon with a warm up). I have also heard that it is also good to run races periodically throughout training, so that you can gauge your speed work, endurance and recovery work.
As I am running the Amica Newport Marathon with Emma in October, we have been looking at a few localish (2 hours and under away) half marathons and have narrowed it down to 2, but with my inability to make decisions, I am asking for your help!!
based on the fact i cant find results from last year, I am thinking this might be inaugural too (but I feel like it would say it on the site)
I am leaning towards the YUKAN out of shear proximity - and because I signed up for an active.com membership, the prices are about the same ($45 range)...I feel like the Freeport might be cool because it is the first one they are hosting and the outlets are close :)