I really, really, really wanted to do the LA marathon, but due to schedule conflicts I could not make it. I decided to sign up for the Oakland Marathon. Which is now less than three weeks away!
I signed up for it because I was running a lot during the winter and thought it would be "fun" to get in a local marathon (three people that I ran with during the winter were running it).
Yet, the more I read about miles 5-10, the more I think . . . "why did I not just do LA"!
The issue - is that miles 5 to 10 have an elevation gain of about 500 feet! Today I read the course description and Miles 6 to 11 are called "The Hill".
I do live in the bay area, but I am not at all familiar with Oakland. So I am getting very nervous.
I know I can complete the marathon, but I'm worried about . . . you know . . . time. I think either (i) I will go too fast and "The Hill" kicks my butt so for the second half of the marathon I go very slow or (ii) I go too slow on "The Hill" to save my energy and still am tired in the second half that I can't make up the time.
I feel that I can get under 4 hours. I feel so much better prepared than my last marathon especially after my run last Sunday. But, with "The Hill" I might have to face that this might not be the marathon for me to get a sub-4.
I'm thinking of maybe trying to drive out there this weekend (or next) and run those 5 or so miles to get an idea of what type of pace to keep. I'd likely though just get lost or something since I don't know that area at all.
I know I need to be positive so I just need to not worry about time (it is so hard) and just focus on trying to have fun and finish the marathon (my third!)