I REALLY like planning things. I think I am much more likely to do well in a race if I have studied the course and made a race plan. This includes studying the elevation profile and deciding ahead of time when I will walk, when I will take a gel, etc. Mentally, it is far easier to hike quickly up a steep hill if you know when it will end and that there will be a glorious downhill stretch waiting for you.
I did this for my marathon and my ultramarathon and it worked out really well. Granted there isn't a lot of elevation in the LA marathon to worry about, but I still took the time to know ahead of time when I would be running uphill. Whatever I can do to have a better race, I will do.
So I created a race week plan, a race day plan, and a race plan for the Griffith Park Half Marathon I am running in 6 days.
Typically I might not take it so easy before a half marathon, though I wouldn't know since I've never done one before, but I haven't ran 13 miles since February, and I want my ankle to be as rested as possible without getting stiff.
Day Before (Friday):
Day of (Saturday):
Is this too detailed? Too specific? I don't think it is. I think it's just knowing the course and thinking about what I want to do. I've ran a lot of trails just like this one (though never this course) and I can pretty much envision it. I haven't taken a gel since February, but I had some good notes from the last 20-mile training run I did, so I borrowed on that experience. I also know that I like taking gels while I'm hiking up to give it time to settle in my stomach before running down. As you read, I literally thought to take gels at miles 5 and 9.5 before I even looked at the course profile, and that happens to be precisely the mileages for starting climbs.
I'll be interested in how I execute this plan. The hardest thing I think to stick to will be race week meals, drinking enough water all week, and not getting lost on the course ;)
Will definitely update afterwards!
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