Oh Austin, you will be the death of me

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.

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Kids, it was not pretty. I have been studying the elevation map for months so I knew I had a few hills to tackle.

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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…

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I know we’re still a week out, but seriously – why is it always forecasted to rain on race day?!

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:

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Great run, amazing weather, perfect morning!

How was your weekend? Did you have a killer run or race?

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6 Comments

  1. I wish I could go back in time and pretend I never read this. Efffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff. I have only seen the elevation map and I’ve pretended that running in the hilliest place in Texas wouldn’t be “that bad.” Crap crap crap.

    Here’s to doing better in Dallas!

  2. Good luck! I ran the San Dieguito half on Sunday and had so much fun. Hope you have just as much fun in Austin!!!

  3. Okay this is really really funny and I can totally sympathize. My fiance and I did the Shammies ‘n Koozies 65 mile bike ride in the hills of Austin last year. I live in Dallas so I trained in Dallas. Dallas is flat. Austin is not. I went to college in San Marcos but in the few years since I graduated I forgot what hills were. I thought I was going to die. I consider myself in shape but it was honestly the hardest I have ever pushed myself in my life. BUT…some of the downhills were the greatest moments of my life. The uphills are totally worth the downhills. You’re going to want to punch an old lady on the uphills but just remember to enjoy the scenery and know that at the end of the torturous part is a bright shiny rainbow with a leprechaun carrying you down a cloud of skittles. At least that’s how I looked at it. Good luck!

    • Hahaha this cracked me up! I will definitely want to punch an old lady AND be screaming obscenities on the uphill, but I’ll totally be thinking of you & clouds of skittles on the downhills now. There might even be a real rainbow, considering it’s supposed to RAIN on Sunday – gahh!

  4. You’re going to rock Austin 🙂 Hills are GREAT. You LOVE hills!! (pep talk)

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