Before this morning’s 22 mile run, I studied the NWM course map and elevation chart. I posted on the NWM facebook page and asked runners to describe hill mile markers and tricks they used to help them go “up and over” each of these challenges. I wrote the mile markers, tips, and landmarks on an index card and carried it with me. My run became a game where I tried to visualize what the hill might feel like while evaluating my stride length, breathing, pace, and nutrition level at each of these distances.
All in all, I feel really excited about the race and can’t wait to really see the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and tour San Francisco by foot. I know that I had 4 more miles left in me today. I need to reread my hill training tips to prepare myself for the upcoming hills. The taper begins now…. it’s all down hill from here. literally.