It's official: I'm running the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon #2 on March 5. I just registered today and I'm REALLY excited. Maybe too excited. For some reason it feels like a reward to myself for working hard. :)
It's a different course than the Griffith Park Trail Half I ran in November. It's actually the race I volunteered at last year. Ahem, at which I volunteered. I originally, for some unknown reason, thought this course was flatter, but I was mistaken.
I can't be 100% sure this map is accurate... but it appears to be. The first mile and a half are okay and then it really starts to climb and is un-runnable until you reach the top. Fortunately the scenery will be well worth it if it's a clear day, and climbing the "back side" isn't as steep.
Here's the profile for the marathon course, and per the course info, the turn-around for the half is mile 6.5. Looks like a climb, then back down, then a turnaround to climb back up and then down again.
This will definitely be a workout, and something I should sub-train for, but without derailing plans I have for Lincoln training. I need to work in some hills and I kind of toyed with my plan to throw those in for March. But I have three long runs (16, 17, and 18) in the weekends after this one and if I can get to the trails for two of them I will be in good shape. Couldn't hurt to throw in some hiking on non-running days, either.
I really want to do well at this race. I sold myself short in the last one assuming I didn't have a chance at placing. I would like to prove otherwise! I ran November's in 2:23 and that was a good amount of hiking. I would like to break 2:10 on this one, but that will take some hard work in the mean time!
So with this new addition, my race calendar is officially in order up through the Lincoln Marathon. Very cool. I've never raced this much in a "season" so this is something new for me. I'll balance the racing with less intense training. I got injured from overtraining last year, so this time I'll try a little lower day-to-day intensity... and save it for race day. :)
Last iteration of the plan... I hope.
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