I'm close to halfway through Hal Higdons novice 2 marathon plan (tomorrow is my scheduled 15 miler) I am proud of myself for sticking with my scheduled runs this week, as it was the toughest it's been since I really raced a local half marathon on Saturday, even getting a PR of 1:55:15.
Here is my issue: I am not signed up for a marathon! I keep looking at Vermont, mostly because it looks like a "fun,entertaining" atmosphere, which is something I think I would need and thrive off of. The elevation chart is what's scaring me off...oh yea and that 26.2 number :)
I looked at Ottawa, which says its fast and flat. The only thing is, that an extra 3 hour drive (I live in the Boston area). I have no idea about Ottawa or anything to do with it.
Has anyone run either? Any advice? If I don't sign up by the end of this weekend, I'm going to put my training on hold and keep at halfs for the summer. I feel like I am going crazy trying to make up my mind!!!!!!!
I ran a relay at the marathon in Burlington (aka Vermont City). I ran the 2nd leg, from about mile 3 to 8.5. It is a little hilly. No real killer hills but definitely some up-and-down. It's a nice town and a nice race if you don't mind a few hills.
Just looked at the elevation map, and I can tell you the (down) hill approaching mile 4 (which you go back up at 8) is not as bad as it looks. Yes, it's a noticable hill, but not terrible, and not long. I wish I had something to compare. The hill around 15 is longer and not as steep. After that it's really relatively flat.
Thanks for the info. I tried to get some hills into my 15 miler today, and maintained such an easy pace until the last mile that it was as easy as 15 miles could be. Thought I got away with the run feeling great until I sat down and my lower back is achhhhing!! Right at the spine, very weird.
Either way, I'm almost positive I'm going to try Vermont. I've heard such great things about it. I really want this to be an event that my family will have fun at as well.