We had NO CHANCE of hitting a PR in the Knoxville Half Marathon since the course was almost entirely either uphill or downhill!
Amount of elevation change was not mentioned on the website, and I just assumed it would be flat as most race courses are. When we got to the Expo we mentioned to some of the volunteers that we were concerned with how hilly the city was! Everyone assured us the course was flat. HA! A city full of liars, I say!!
The first two miles were a slow, steady uphill climb. We quickly lost sight of the 2:45 pacer and a few miles in we lost sight of the 3:00 pacer! And the hills hadn't really started in earnest! But we had a great time, went through an amazing neighborhood of 1920s houses called Sequoya Hills. (And they really mean the "hills" part!) Yeah, we just LOVE those old neighborhoods. When I got home I looked it up and its past residents have included Alex Haley, Patricia Neal, author Cormac McCarthy, and many others.
It was cold when we started, about 24 degrees, and it pretty much stayed cold the whole race.
Our pre-race selfie:
Funny signs took our minds off the hills!
Didn't get pictures of the bras and panties thrown up into the trees, or the continuing of the signage until we finally got to the place where the "naked cheerleaders" were supposed to be and there was a sign that said, "On Break, Be Back Soon!"
Anyway, once we knew we weren't going to beat our best time we just relaxed and enjoyed the beauty. We got to walk about 3.5 miles on a "Greenway" trail which was just lovely. What a great city!
We finished in Neyland Stadium (University of Tennessee) on the 50 yard line!
The race began downtown and ended in the stadium so there was a walk back (uphill of course) to the parking garage. Then we couldn't find our car (a common problem for us) so we walked up and down, back and forth from level 1 to 4 until we found it. My Fitbit stats for the day:
Yup, Knoxville is ONE HILLY CITY!!!