It is completely uphill. Well there is a little bit of a downhill or as one guy last time described it: an eight mile hike with a 5 mile run at the end. Pretty much.
But the lure of the cheap half (registered for this one for $55) and proximity to my house (near Tucson) made it irresistible. Apparently they are cracking down and no music is allowed for real this time. Last year they said that and everyone and their mom had music except for me cause I am a rule follower.
There is some nice symmetry with doing this half as number 15. I am half way through my goal of running 30 half marathons before turning 30. This half kicked of the half madness for me last fall and was the first one I did once I was healed from hurting my leg.
Goal: Last time I ran it in 2:58 so this time anything under 2:58 and of course no falling off the mountain is fine by me.
This is the last hurrah most likely, unless I stumble upon an opportunity to do a half this summer, I won't be racing until the fall. This summer is dedicated to upping the mileage and getting faster (and trying not to die of heat stroke).
Tapering plan happening as we speak:
Monday: still couldn't move much due to Horsetooth beat down
Tuesday: 5 mile slow recovery run
Wednesday: hour of yoga, half hour walk with Max the wonder dog
Thursday: half hour walk with Max the wonder dog
Friday: tentative walk/ swim planned
Saturday: carbo load