Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole course preview with elevation (2 of 2)

This post details the second half of the ½ marathon course.  For the 10K and first half of the ½ marathon course over the Hoan bridge see the post Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole course preview with elevation (1 of 2).  As promised see the graph below for the elevation changes of miles 6 through 13.  

Summerfest Rock 'n Sole 1/2 marathon course elevation and grade for miles 7 - 13 acquired using a Garmin 410 Forerunner.
The mile ticks of the elevation plot approximate the mile marks of the course map available on the Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole website.  The sixth, seventh and eighth miles are downhill or flat - fast.  The ninth/tenth mile features a 100 foot tall hill, about ½ mile of course worth.  During my training run this hill pushed my heart rate up 4% and slowed my pace 5%.  At mile ten this ascent is placed just before the turnaround back to the Summerfest grounds.    

The second half of mile ten and mile eleven feature the only shelter from the sun for the entire course and are predominately downhill, offering some recovery after conquering the hill.  The total ascent and descent for miles 7 -13 is approximately 300 feet.  Adding this to miles 1 – 6 places the total ascent and descent for the entire course at about 600 feet each.  This is 75% of the elevation changes of the Badgerland Striders South Shore ½ marathon.    
I ran this stretch of course Sunday morning 3 Jul 2011 at close to 7:00 am.  This approximates the 8:00 am start time of the race.  The sun was out and the temperature read in the low seventies (°F) but felt higher on the predominately open concrete course.  Humidity was just above 50% and the wind was just below 10mph.  I drank a lot of water and my dog was able to finish just 8 of the 10 miles of our run.  This is a dog that can run a 1:10 half marathon – but overheated on this day.  As I previously stated weather considerations will be a large factor for this race.         

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