This spring, I will be running the Blue Ridge 1/2 Marathon for the fourth time. I am in love with the first 4 miles of the course. (or...miles 2-4...the first mile is pretty flat) Running up Mill Mountain is fun. While others are struggling, I am in my element. Sure, it's a long hill. But it's really not that steep. It's certainly not any harder than the hills I run on a regular basis, it's just longer. I power up that mountain like I was born to do it. Of course, then I have to go down the other side, which is impossibly steep and always makes me feel certain that either my knees or my hips will blow up before I get to the bottom. But I've run it 3 times with no injury, and last year I sprinted down that hill, trying desperately to keep as much of a lead as I could.
This spring, I'm excited to say, there has been another big hill added to the course. (I mean, I hear it's big...I really have no idea what it's like) I'm a little bit disappointed that this will most likely change my overall time (I can't count it as a course PR if the course is different!), but there is actually a chance that it will help my time. The flat part of the course after Mill Mountain always drags out for me, and the extra hill might give me the energizer that I need in the last half of the course. We shall see.
In other news, this is my week to give away a free entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon!
The 2014 race will be held on April 26.
To enter, simply comment on this blog post, telling me about your relationship with hills.
Love them? Hate them? Love to hate them? Hate to love them?
Has your opinion about hills changed over the years?
Be sure to check back on Sunday to find out the winner!
Winner will be chosen by random number generator,
and will be contacted by email, as well as announced here on the blog.
Good luck, and I can't wait to hear your stories!