This is gonna be an epic experience!

We’ve been in Roanoke for three days.  It’s been filled with cycling (for Scott), running and walking for me, and eating and drinking for both of us.  Lovely!

I’ve gotten a chance to “run” one of the mountains that will be in the marathon and to walk another one.


  • When I ran up Mill Mountain yesterday I was “running” 10:45 – 11:15 pace and felt like I was going to have a heart attack and die on the side of the road.  And that is only the 2nd hardest mountain – apparently Roanoke Mountain (the one we run first) is harder (steeper).
  • I typically hate downhills. I don’t know how to run them and find myself putting on the brakes and running slow.  Yesterday the downhill felt AWESOME in terms of recovery – it allowed me to slow my heart rate and recover, even though my pace was still slow.
  • I ran 5 miles yesterday – up and down Mill Mountain -and I wasn’t sore today at all.  That was a pleasant surprise.
  • Today was a rest day, so I decided to walk up Peakwood (mountain #3).  It was GORGEOUS.  It is through a neighborhood that is very fancy, with gorgeous homes, manicured landscaping and crazy hills. I walked it with a coffee and a scone and at a somewhat leisurely pace and was still huffing and puffing the whole way up.
  • Going in to this I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to race the marathon, since I’m definitely not in racing shape.  But I – naively – thought that I would be able to maintain about a 10:00 minute a mile pace.  My recon run and walk of the mountains was a wake up call – it’s gonna be slower than 10:00 min/mile pace.
  • My plan: turn the garmin on timer only and don’t worry about pace.  Run and walk entirely by feel – and don’t let myself work hard enough to feel like I’m dying.  Treat it as a 5+ hour jog/walk over some gorgeous mountains and just enjoy the day!  It’s gonna get to about 65 and sunny.  Great day for a run! 🙂


Stay tuned!


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