Why am I blogging about this? Because I'm in the midst of my usual pre-race insomnia and earlier today I poked a bit of fun about the elevation profile of the upcoming Madison Half Marathon race this weekend.
|Madison Half Marathon elevation profile|
I'm going to get a bit snobbish here and state that I see nothing difficult about this course. If you did any sort of strength running these "hills" should not threaten your pace all that much, at least not enough to fuss about. If I'm in a good mood and you're a beginner I'll let you call 250 feet of change a hill, because I like beginners, and I fully realize it feels as tough as you call it. Now, if you've got some running experience behind you though, I don't want to hear any whining about anything under 500 feet or I start turning deaf on you. Runners complaining about "hills" and "hill work" here around Stevens Point almost warrant a whole complaint post in and of itself. Let's get real about something. There are no hills here.
Now that we've established what isn't a hill, let's talk about a real hill.
|Kilimanjaro Marathon elevation profile|
I really like elevation profiles. I have a bunch of them up on my office wall.
This one I cried up. It was unforgivably brutal.
|Oriflamme 50K: 5-mile ascent at mile 20ish from 2500 feet to 5000 feet|
Aren't they pretty?
|And here we have the PCT 50 with 7,500 feet of elevation gain. Basic graph but nothing to snuff at.|
|Superior 50 Mile Trail|
How can you not drool looking at this thing!?
Birds are chirping which is not a good sign. Damn insomnia. Read a book they say. Count sheep they say. Drink some chamomile tea they say. Workout in the morning not at night they say. Not a wink of sleep will be had before this race.Pin It