I got my San Francisco Half Marathon confirmation email today with my bib number and wave start information! Eeeee, I’m excited!! I’m in the 5th wave, which starts at 6:02am. SO early. The good news is that since it’s in a different time zone, it’s really like 8:02am CST, so that’s not so bad! I might try to run with the 4:15 marathon pacer (9:44/M pace).
As you may know, San Francisco is a rather hilly place. The first half marathon has a total elevation gain of 660 feet. It actually starts at a lower elevation than the finish since it’s not a loop. This past weekend, I had a good hill training run while I was visiting Medicine Park, Oklahoma, for one of my best friends’ birthdays!
Jane’s husband, Jonathan, gave me the option of doing shorter routes, but with my half marathon coming up, I requested the longest route. We ran around the town of Medicine Park and completed 8.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 575 feet. Those hills were definitely NOT easy for me– I could run through the hills except the last big hill, which we didn’t hit until mile 7 and it had a 200-feet elevation gain over .6 miles. I HAD to walk some of it. With the blazing sun and warm temperaturse, I was getting slightly lightheaded.
You can see where that big hill was, right? I also didn’t use any Gu and I typically start to get sluggish around mile 8. Regardless, it came out to be a 10:18/M pace so, not too shabby. I think it’ll feel nicer with the cooler temperatures in San Francisco!
After the big hill, it was pretty much all downhill so we ran again, passing Jane & Jonathan’s cabin and continuing through town back to where we parked the car, by Bath Lake. Once we got there, we decided to take a dip in the lake to cool off. Yes, in our running clothes, haha. GREAT idea. Felt awesome! VERY glad I got this run in before my half marathon!!
I had a great time this past weekend with my best friends AND had a good run! Some pictures from Medicine Park:
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