Yesterday afternoon, after a thorough and successful snow-shovel and house-clean, I decided to go to the gym (roads were not all clear and I didn't want to risk running on ice) and run 5 easy miles with some incline on the treadmill. I got on a machine at 5:30. Not even 15 minutes into my run I heard the guys at the desk yelling something. I paid no attention. At 5:55, I heard them yell again something about 5 minutes. I assumed he was talking to the big guys lifting weights (this is a college gym). Then the room cleared. Turns out the gym closes at 6 p.m. on Sat nights. WHAT?! What better way to encourage college kids to go out and party on Sat night than to close down the gym?
Thanks to my fun Saturday night, I had nothing better to do than to google race reviews of the Austin Marathon. The most thorough one I found was this one. I took the elevation image image from that blog. Yikes. Its not the overall elevation that scares me or even all the spikes, but it is a combination of plenty of short, steep hills with everything else that is going on.
This was only the second time I forced myself to go this year. It's a free membership, but still unimpressive to close at 6 on a Saturday and then not open until 12:30 on Sunday (I checked the hours on my way out). Oh well, I got 3 inclined miles in, felt great, and then came home to a big dinner.
With a short 8 mile run planned today, I embraced the hills.
These are two different hills that are approximately the same grade and size in town. I embraced each of them several times, but I made sure to keep my pace slow and steady. I do not want to ruin my legs before the race by doing hill sprints a week before the race.
I have run some pretty hilly marathons (some at elevation, too!) in the past and I always end up surviving. So I know I will survive. I just like to be mentally prepared and I think this weekend helped.
What better reward than a nice and easy yoga class tonight? That is my plan. Hope everyone has dug themselves out of the snow by now! Did anyone get in any super-snowy runs, X-country skiing, or snowshoeing in the show?