Thursday, February 16, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.  Tuesday was a rest day.  I woke up yesterday, ready to run.  Unfortunately, it was weight circuit and spin class day.  I like spin class, and got my sweat on, but spent the rest of the day looking forward to today's hilly 5 miler.

2.  Spin class is more enjoyable when the woman next to me doesn't put her perfume on before class.  Deodorant, yes, eau de cologne, no.

3.  After printing the Austin Half Marathon map, I read through a turn by turn post of the course HERE.  Come to find out, people avoid running Austin because there are so many hills.  At least now I know exactly where they are.  What goes up must come down...

I might have highlighted the worst hills in yellow.  One of the worstest ones is in the first two miles, then you get to run it again in the last mile.  The race starts at 7am on Sunday.  I am looking forward to the downhills.

22 comments:

  1. I wouldn't count out a good finishing time just because there are hills. Some of my best 1/2 times have come on courses that have hills. Hills engage different running muscles and actually can give your legs a little break from the same forward relentless motion of a flat course. I always love the feeling of flying down the hills after a tough uphill struggle. Good luck! Love the outfit!

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  2. I think hills at the end of a half are just plain mean! I run one in New Bedford and there is a killer one at mile 12!! Just a bad joke! That being said...go rock those hills!!

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  3. You are going to do great at the Austin Marathon ... You're ready!www.dashingdiva.net

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  4. You will do great! Good luck Sunday

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  5. Good luck! I hate hills and unfortunately many of my half's have been all hills, blech! Way to be positive and look forward to the downhills:)

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  6. Good luck! I will be thinking of you as I start the Birch Bay half that same day.

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  7. I've been (un)blessed to live and run in the hilliest area ever. Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, anyhow, when I get to races the "hills" people complain about I don't even notice. It's pretty awesome.

    Just pretend they don't exists and kick butt.

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  8. My running club ran Austin last year and I heard all about that hill at mile 12 - they said many people were having fun with it, like side-stepping up it, going backwards...I guess at that point it was kind of ridiculous for many of the non-racing runners. But I'm sure you can handle it - remember, we Texans are not used to hills!

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  9. "I might have highlighted the worst hills in yellow. One of the worstest ones is in the first two miles, then you get to run it again in the last mile." - That is far to much yellow... good luck and god speed girl!!!! HILL's ARE FOR HERO's!!!

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  10. Hills are easy. Just remember to stay up on your toes, light quick steps, and don't look up or down, just straight ahead. If Stacy can conquer hills you can too. Easy-peasy, just relax and run.

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  11. Best of luck! :)
    Have a great time!

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  12. good luck and have so much fun!! the hills might be a nice change up for your body and you might surprise yourself! if not, there is always Nola-which is where i set my PR that i held for a year (till this past Nov).

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  13. Oh boy, this should be interesting. Thanks for doing all the course scoping work for me. :) I was avoiding it, ignorance is bliss sometimes! My quads are still sore from a Tuesday class I took as part of your XT challenge, I'll try to post on it tomorrow. Maybe not the smartest timing, but I thought I'd be fine by now!

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  14. Good luck at your half! My first (and so far only half) was extremely hilly, with a hill at the end! Really unfair, but I survived.

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  15. Hmm, Austin seemed to flat to me when I visited several years ago. Maybe they grew the hills since then.

    Have fun!!

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  16. You know how I feel about hills! But what goes up does go down...thank goodness!

    What's up with people using fragrances at the gym...really people!

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  17. I live in a FLAT part of the country and any lil' hill is like Mt.Everest to me!!!! Hills are brutal. I'm sure you'll do great! Have fun and just take it one stride at a time!!! You've got this!!!!
    Good luck!

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  18. ah, all those hills...I've never EVER run hills before!!

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  19. i like how the guy says that people would rather run a marathon than the last hill at mile 12. So i guess my C goal of consistent splits is out the window. I think when I know something is going to be bad, it doesn't seem as treacherous as I make it out to be

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  20. how fun! Sounds like a tough course - downhills are always good for making up time, right? I've always wanted to visit Austin - looking forward to reading all about it...

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  21. Good luck and have a great race on Saturday!

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