Water: There are water and electrolytes station at every 2 miles. Some had bathrooms too. I really liked the regularity of the water station. Volunteers are great. ***if you are running a race, make sure to thank volunteers - they are giving up their weekend for you, so that you can run.*** This time, my rule was to walk when I was picking up the water, until I toss the cup in the last trash can in sight. This worked well, it gave me a clear distance to walk to rest my legs briefly, then pick up running. I didn't walk at any other time, just water stations.
For my first race, my goal was just to finish. For my second race, I wanted to finish faster than my first race time. Other than that, I signed up my second half marathon in preparation for completing a marathon. Now I am looking for a good transition training plan to a marathon - and there are not many training plan for this. I have only nine weeks till my first marathon, which is universally agreed to be too short for a novice marathon training. However, I already completed a half marathon training over approximately 12 weeks, plus 9 more weeks till marathon date, so that's 21 weeks total. My schedule has changed a bit because of tapering for half marathon, etc, but I am generally running over 20 miles per week. While transition plans are not readily available, there are a lot of marathon training plans - so I decided to pick a plan for a marathon training schedule, and adapt the last 9 week of it to fit into my plan. Not sure if this really works, but I guess I will see.