Ken Miller and I did a practice run through the Citizen-Times Half Marathon course this morning. We started just before 8 AM. Temperature was in the low 60s and it was quite humid. It was helpful putting the entire course into perspective in one single run. I had experienced portions of the course in four different training runs in the past, but there’s nothing like running what you’ll run on race day.
We ran faster than I had anticipated, but it felt great. I got a little hot after about mile 11.5 as we were running up Broadway in the sunshine. The temperature had risen and I was generating my own humidity as the sun’s rays evaporated the sweat in my clothes. We finished the course with an overall average pace of 9:17. Below is a graph of our mile by mile pace. The slowest was mile ten (uphill on Lookout) and the fastest was mile eleven (what goes up must come down — fast charge through UNCA).