I actually know the answer to this question for many of you. You’ll be in the turkey woods. It will be the second Saturday of the spring gobbler season, and that’s always a big hunting day — weather permitting, of course.
I’ll be in the woods, too. Sort of.
I have entered the Blue Ridge Half Marathon. So I’ll be trotting up and down Mill Mountain. I’ll be on the road but it’s still pretty woodsy.I wouldn’t be shocked to hear a turkey or two gobbling up there.
Why put myself through nearly two hours of pain when I could be sitting at the base of an oak tree with my Browning Gold Hunter across my lap and a slate call in my hand?
The truth is I pretty much have to be in town to cover the half marathon and associated marathon anyway. So I figured I’d run the half marathon, catch my breath, grab my notebook, jump on my bike and roll out to cover the end of the really tough race — the 26.2-mile marathon.
I was expecting some carnage on the marathon course last year, but it didn’t really happen. Seems folks who enter what may be the hardest road marathon in the country don’t do it lightly. They were prepared. And they were helped by cool weather. If it’s hot this year it could be a different story, especially with the addition of another major climb (and painful downhill).
Though I’ve been running for a good while I’ve never run in a half-marathon. Or at least a stand along half-marathon. I ran a 13.1-mile race last Oct. 30, but it came after a 1.2-mile swim and 56-mile bike ride, the first two legs of the Washington (N.C.) half-ironman triathlon.
That kind of event may sound a bit nutty, and it is, to a degree. But it really wasn’t horrible, which, I guess, is why I’ve signed up for another half-ironman, this one on May 14. That’s the race I’m really training for so the Blue Ridge Half Marathon will mostly be just a training run, albeit a pretty intense one.
I happen to know that a couple of you are pretty serious runners. How ’bout putting off a day of turkey hunting and join me for 13.1 miles of fun?
Not sure how to train for a half marathon? You’re in luck. I had a super simple 12-week half marathon training plan on my Outdoors page in The Roanoke Times today. If you’re a total couch potato you’re better off starting with something like the No Boundaries or Couch to 5K program. But if you can run 12-15 miles a week right now, you can get in shape by April 16.
Not your deal? That’s cool. Good luck with the gobblers.