Pre-Half Marathon Report

August 10th, 2012 by Amy Gonsalves Leave a reply »

I’m running the Water to Wine Half Marathon on Sunday.  I’m looking forward to it!!  I will travel to beautiful and crazy hot wine country and start at a lake and then end at a winery… 13.1 miles away.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Free wine glass (not free glass of wine, just the empty glass) and shirt for all participants.

I drove portions of the course a few months ago; I’m curious what it will look like on Sunday!  Temperatures are expected to be in the high 90s all weekend.

I’m glad it starts at 7am.

Here’s the reason I wanted to run this one, aside from the fact I like the area and it will be a pretty course.  The real reason I’m looking forward to it?

Check out the elevation map.

I think after that one little thing around mile seven, I’ll be happy… don’t you?

Oh, yeah… that sucker looks ALL DOWNHILL.


Alright: full disclosure.  I have a long history of convincing myself, based on elevation maps of courses of events I haven’t actually done, that a course is going to be flat, or downhill.  So, I’m just not entirely sure how this one will FEEL while I’m out there.

My two recent experiences with this odd phenomena include the Madison Marathon (I told myself it was flat… how I got that idea I’m not sure)

I look at this and shake my head at my ever thinking this would be “flat.”

and the San Francisco Marathon (seriously; what made me think that San Francisco would give me downhills without the corresponding uphills?!)—the second half of that SF one was supposed to be a “net downhill” which is a phrase I learned to hate over a few hours last July.

They say the second half is a “net downhill”… which I now believe means “a lot of uphill.”

In any case, despite the fear I will repeat this “convince myself it’ll feel easy” thing I seem to do, I’m excited.

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