for a Spring marathon has begun in earnest for me. I nailed every workout this week better than expected. Good long run and two hill specific quality sessions, one shorter Vo2 max intensity and one Tempo effort. One of my marathon choices is Austin which I ran in 2008. I ran 2:31 with several minutes spent in porta johns during the race. It was also a fairly hilly course.
It doesn't look that hilly, but holding sub 5:40 pace changes that perspective. In order to run truly fast up hills it takes specific focus on doing this. I was leaning towards Phoenix which is pancake flat, but I am looking more towards Austin simply to give myself some confidence that my training in the hills will pay off. Too much hill running for running fast on a flat course (I still believe) won't work. I will run Phoenix only if I can commit to driving down to the flats twice a week.