I ran in the final organized training run this morning for the upcoming 8-Tuff Miles
race here on St. John. The route this morning covered the first 5.5 miles of the course, everything but the final long downhill. And I did it in 1hr 21m!
To get a sense for what I just ran, you can see the elevation versus distance charted here
Things I learned:
1) On the steepest uphills, it is slightly faster and a LOT less tiring to power walk than to run/jog.
2) On the steepest downhills, it is MUCH faster and a lot easier and less tiring to skip / gallop than to attempt to run. People give you funny looks though as you shoot past them...
3) I am able to keep up a nice solid pace for the entire course, only switching from jog to power-walk for a few of the steepest sections.
4) These are indeed TUFF miles, particularly the first few!!!
Two weeks from now is the main event - I'm excited!
PS: Thank you serolynne
for getting me out of bed at crazy-o-clock, driving me to the start, and being there cheering at the finish. She rocks!