Saturday, November 1, 2014

more about boston ... from the home of billy

If I had seen this before I registered, I don't think I would have run the race ! But what a great map .

And this from Jim McIntosh , who not only set it up , directed etc ... but managed to run 3rd in a decent 10m time ( my time was a PW for a 1/2 ... not counting Farmingtons version of this torture )

"Good morning, Good People--

Attached is a map of the All Souls courses, in case you want to prepare yourself for the race by running it beforehand.  To be honest, I'm not sure this is such a good idea.  (You'll know what I mean when you start running up Arizona Street.)  But if you'd like an orienteering exercise, a good dog walk, or a remarkably scenic & savage family outing, print the map, get your compass, & off you go.  Please note the disclaimer at the bottom of the handdrawn map."

but wait ... there is more

My friend & frequent race organizer Bob Schiowitz took his GPS for a stroll on our 15K course (more of less) & sent me this gem of a course profile.  I was so proud of it, I had to send it to you all.  "Check out the elevation profile below," Bob wrote.  "You’ve outdone your sadistic self on this one. As you probably realize, this is a hill climb that averages 5.8%, with maximum ascents/descents of almost 20%."

The course profile is particularly helpful as you make a mental map of your coming ordeal.  You will note that this course, like the city of Rome, has seven hills.  They are, in order:  La Capilla, Cemetery Point, the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Boston Hill Proper (via the Devil's Backside), Turquoise Vista, Raven Pit, & The Sotols.  I figured naming it all would bring you a certain comfort.


and in closing I would like to repeat,  that Carlos from  Run Culture  said this race wouldn't be too hard !