Yesterday's long run called for an easy 10km, so I decided to run part of the actual half-marathon course. I want to get familiar with the last few kilometres so I can easily gauge how fast to run them on the day - and also so I don't end up being like a child who keeps whining are we there yet?! It is easy to think that once you come off the Harbour Bridge it is a quick run to the finish line, but there are quite a few twists and turns that take you the long way round - but thankfully it is all flat!
I ran my way through the streets of Ponsonby to the point where the course exits the bridge. At this point there is just over 5km or about 1/4 of the race to go. To be honest I felt awful! It was 3pm and I hadn't really eaten much that day, or drunk many fluids, and there were a few uphills which sucked what little energy I had. However I survived, as you do, and felt a lot better once I got down to Curran Street and the water's edge (4km mark)
It's a nice run around under the northern end of the bridge, and alongside Westhaven Marina:
However I held back as I still had to run home. I stopped to refill my water bottle in preparation for the climb up Franklin Road, my first major hill since my ITB flared up. I managed to run all the way up, but it was such a struggle compared to how it used to feel. It just goes to show how beneficial a few hills are in your training!
In total I ran 12.2km - more than planned, but it sure felt great and best of all there were no niggles. So although I ran quarter of the half marathon course, I really ran half a half marathon didn't I?
How was your long run this weekend?
Do you like to recce your race course, or leave it as a surprise? I don't usually check out trail race courses because they are usually in such out of the way places, but the HM course is so close to home.