Since then, I've completed countless half-marathons as well as a few marathons and one 50 mile trail run, not to mention about a dozen triathlons of varying distances. Still, I'm excited to do this race as it is one of only a few events on my calendar this year. It has also become a bit of a family event. My wife, a couple of Uncles and Aunts, as well as several friends are participating in the race.
|Melisa at the 2012 Start|
Race Warm-up: Normally for a longer race, I don't "warm-up" for the event. Instead, I use the first mile or two to get comfortable and get my pace settled. I'm going to adjust this for the race on Saturday. I won't do a huge warm-up, but I do plan to do a bit of running beforehand just to get loosened up a bit.
The first couple of miles: The first portion of the race is run around Georgetown before it turns down towards Idaho Springs. I'm going to start the race a bit slower than my expected "race pace." This will give me a chance to settle in, and will also allow for the anticipated congestion that usually occurs at the beginning of a race. Despite the mountain location, this is a very popular race in Colorado and given that the registration was a mere $15 this year, the race quickly sold out. A peek at the results from a year ago indicates that there were at least 2000 runners, so I imagine this year will be no different.
The next section: This portion of the course is a slight downhill so it's a good time to maintain a steady pace. I'm hoping to be slightly below 8:00 per mile on this portion to make up for any time I may have lost early on. After that the course climbs a bit, but winds up on some dirt roads for the next portion (good news for me!).
The rest of the race: Most of the race is a gradual downhill with a few risers here and there. I plan on running most of this section at a steady rate. If I get close to the finish, and I'm feeling stronger, I'll pick it up a bit.
Here's a breakdown of three possible race splits: