Monday, November 17, 2014

Philly Half Course Guide & Plan

The Philadelphia Half Marathon is less than a week away and I am so excited! I am studying the course and planning my race strategy.


Race Course & Plans

I am splitting the race into four parts in my mind:

Miles 1-4

  • Course: Straight & flat to start. Love Park, Chinatown, Waterfront.
  • Fuel: Water stations at 2 & 3.5; take a gel around Mile 4.
  • Plan: Don't start out too fast. Warm up, notice the sights.

Miles 5-7

  • Course: Great crowd support. Independence Hall & Liberty Bell.
  • Fuel: Water stations at 5 & 7. Stay hydrated.
  • Plan: Find a groove. Enjoy the sights & crowd.

Miles 8-10

  • Course: Hardest stretch - Miles 8 & 10 are each steady uphills. Zoo at Mile 9.
  • Fuel: Water stations at 8 & 9.8 (Clif Shots here); take a gel around Mile 8.
  • Plan: Anticipate the hills. Focus on maintaining effort, not pace.

Miles 11-13.1

  • Course: Quiet section, could be windy by the river. Art Museum(!) at finish.
  • Fuel: Water station at 11; take a gel around Mile 11.
  • Plan: Pick up the pace. Don't sprint too early, the crowd noise can fool you.

Elevation profile for the half marathon


Goals


Race Mantra

Embrace the Journey


6 comments:

  1. Love your race mantra! I hope you have a BLAST! I've wanted to do this race - maybe one day. Can't wait to hear about it after!

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  2. Great to have multiple goals! Looks like the weather is going to warm up, too!

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    1. Thanks Malinda! Fingers crossed for good weather :)

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  3. Sounds like a great plan. How about post race photo on the Rocky Steps? haha :D

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! If I can make it up those steps I'll take the picture :)

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