I did something today that made me a little nauseous: I drove the second half of the Austin half marathon course. I drive the first six miles of it pretty much everyday, but I wanted to get an idea of what I’m up against for the rest.
Kids, it was not pretty. I have been studying the elevation map for months so I knew I had a few hills to tackle.
The map doesn’t do the climbs justice – it’s even worse in person. And the one which looks the most difficult? Mile 12. At this point in the race, I expect to crawl up the hill on my hands and knees. Maybe even shed a few tears. Possibly throw in the towel and call my boyfriend to come pick me up.
Alright, alright, I’m exaggerating. But wow, us runners have our work cut out for us. This course is no joke, and in hindsight I probably should have been training on the race route since THE RACE IS IN THE TOWN I LIVE IN! Duh.
I’m being realistic and not setting a time goal. I thought for sure I would PR in my last half, and actually ended up with a time slower than San Antonio in the fall. If I come in over 3 hours, I wouldn’t be surprised. If the stars align, weather conditions are ideal, and I set into a comfortable pace to achieve a PR? Just an added bonus. At this point, I am setting a goal “to finish”.
Speaking of weather…
Today, however, was absolutely gorgeous. I set out for a 4 miler on Town Lake this morning. Sunny, cool, light breeze – perfection. The trail was packed with many walkers, runners, and cyclists taking advantage of the beautiful day.
Here are my splits:
Great run, amazing weather, perfect morning!
How was your weekend? Did you have a killer run or race?