Never Trust a Skinny Chef…

…Or a race director that does not run his/her own course.  I am excited about returning to the 2013 clockwise route for the 2017 Hillbilly Half Marathon.  It is a completely different experience.  Today I ran the course for the first time this direction since 2013.  That first year I ran alongside the crowd, but have not been able to the past 3 years.  This year,  I plan to run again, barring some unforeseen circumstances that will not allow it.  Here are some of my take-aways from this morning’s run;

It is still a challenging course!  The hills are still there and there are plenty of them.  I walked most of them, mostly because this was an easy day for me and I didn’t want to push it.  I left my water bottle at Boston Church of Christ, (7.5 miles in) and that also made me dial it back a bit.  I was thankful for their open doors and open restroom though.

It was still gorgeous.  Leiper’s Fork is a unique jewel and there is just nothing like it anywhere else.  Although the course is challenging, it is still a rewarding experience.

There is more shade on the back stretch than I remember.  It was a nice, sunny day and there were pockets of cold air, which were refreshing.

It was not that difficult.  It could have been the weather, or the fact that I was taking it easy and walking the hills, but I felt good, even on half a bottle of water.

I can’t wait until June 3!  I look forward to running the course with my friends this year.  It is shaping up to be another great event.  Please make plans to join me for an experience you will not soon forget.