Sunday, March 11, 2007

Final Map for 2007 Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon

Here's a link to the finalized route for the "NEW" Lincoln Memorial. It's measured and accurate...though this map says 13.09 (it's kind of tough to get the exact start/finish points on this map) this course is official half marathon distance (13.1).

As this route has changed somewhat from the preliminary plan, PLEASE STUDY THIS MAP and hopefully drive the route before next Saturday's Half Wits running of the course.

http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=112211

15 comments:

barry said...

This is a VERY challenging course, folks. Take it slow and be ready for some major hill work.

Kudos to Tim and Tim and anyone else involved in marking the course. My wife and I drove it this afternoon and had no problem following it.

Anonymous said...

I need some tips for my first half. Slow and steady? Start slow? Last 5k in 23min? Help!!!

barry said...

Start slow and maintain an even pace all the way through. Don't think about your time, just try to finish comfortably.

Anonymous said...

Start slow, run up the hills slow, run down the other side controlled. Try to survive your last 5k.

Anonymous said...

Hey Half-Wits! I'm the old guy that is usually tagging along behind Barry on the training runs. This past week I've come up with an ITB issue along the outside of my right knee. Any advice as to treatment other than rest and ice? I ran three miles yesterday pain free; should I skip this Saturday's run and concentrate on the actual race? Your comments would be appreciated!

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike B.

barry said...

Yeah, Mike tags along behind me on training runs, like last week when he finished a half mile ahead of me on the 12-mile run.

LOL!

Tim said...

Mike:

Two words: foam roller!

Click here for more info...

http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-241-285--11556-0,00.html

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Tim. I'll give the foam roller a try!


Mike B.

mary r said...

It works (I have a foam roller - an old cut up noodle we used at the lake) - I'm an IT Band sufferer myself. Check your shoes, check IT Band stretches on the 'net, also check for strengthening exercises for your hip flexors. Run Saturday, but when it hurts - stop and save yourself for the actual event. That issue crept up at mile 14 of the Chicago marathon and only with Tylenol, biofreeze, and a little rock and roll on the old IPOD did I get through it.

I'm still waiting for that hot chocolate.....


Oh, and reminder to all ('cause I haven't seen this tip yet) - Body Glide. I ran in the wrong shorts with a baaaaad seam in the nice warm weather yesterday and let's just say I was pretty miserable the last 1/2 mile. Last year I had a shirt rubbing my arms the wrong way and ended up with a bloody rash on my arms and nice white shirt. This applies to both guys and girls!

barry said...

Hey MaryThon,

I stocked up on Body Glide just today 'cause my current stick is getting low. I was going to remind everyone about it later this week.

So thanks!

I was also going to remind everyone to bring along thier Gu or CarbBoom or jelly beans or whatever. When we hit those hills we're gonna be burning the calories.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to everyone for the ITB advice! Mary, the hot chocolate is in the mail (just like the check)!

Mike B.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I am somewhat new to running or at least running a half marathon. So can anyone tell me what is Gu or gels? Does this really help and how many and when should I take them?

Tara

Emily K said...

WHHHEEEWWEW!!!!!!!!!! Carl and I did the LM course today. WOW!!!! Whomever thought Springfield was a flat city, was wrong. Hills galore! Especially after Wash Park, On Lincoln Ave, to Oakridge, to Lincoln Park. What a GREAT course. To T3, (aka Tim M, Tammie M and Tim B) you 3 did an awesome job on this!!

Anonymous said...

A group of us biked most of the course yesterday and was wondering why are we running through so many bad neighborhoods? Delapidated houses, troubled neighborhoods. Are we trying to make this race an attraction to outsiders or what? did the city limit what streets could be used??? If they did, shame on them b/c this race could be a great opportunity to showcase Springfield and bring more activity during the weekend of the race. It was kinda scary.

Anonymous said...

Having ran marathons in Chicago,St.Louis,GreenBay and the Indy half several times I recall seeing neighborhoods of many different levels of upkeep. Aging neighborhoods are a fact of life and sure some people do not seem to care that they are a big factor in that decline; but that should not be a reason for the rest of us to avoid certain parts of town. In order to run past all of the Lincoln sites it would have been almost impossible to have bypassed the neighborhoods that anonymous calls run down and scary. Not every race that is ran can be in an area like the Magnificent Mile. If anyone is reely,reely sceerd, just run faster. OLD Tim M