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1/4/15 2:16 P

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I just signed up for my first half and it is a fairly hilly course - what I mean by hilly is rolling hills and maybe some big ones thrown in too. I live in a fairly hilly area so it is what I run anyway. I don't like the hills but feel lucky that is what we run on so I should be able to handle anything similar. I notice that the hillier a course is, the worse my pace is, so I figure if I do this one first, I ought to be able to have a PR later on when I run a flatter course, LOL!

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12/27/14 10:17 P

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First HM was the Delaware race on Mother's Day. I like hills because it mixes it up and gives you mini goals to focus on. Having said that, might be more difficult for someone who doesn't run hills during training. Epithet way it's a huge accomplishment!

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12/27/14 8:06 P

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My first half marathon was the 2014 Flower City Challenge in Rochester, NY. Local talk is that it's hilly. In detail, the course is fairly flat for the first 5 miles or so; a long gradual uphill to about mile 7; up and down hills for miles 8-10; then fairly flat to finish.

I like the course, and I trained a lot of hills in preparation. But I live in an area with a lot of rolling hills, so it wasn't all that more effort than just running hills near home. People who live where it's flatter and don't run hills often complain about this one.

My second half was the half associated with the Rochester Marathon. After Flower City, I didn't notice any hills. But one of my Facebook friends who ran the Rochester Half said there were definitely hills from miles 3 to 6 or so. Compared to Flower City, it was no big deal.

Hills are relative. What's a hill to me, might not be a hill to someone who runs in West Virginia. What's not a hill to me, might be a hill to someone who always trains really flat routes.


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10/21/14 12:29 A

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My first HM was the Maryland HM in Fulton MD. Flat is not an adjective that anyone would apply to that one. My second long race was Baltimore Marathon. After those two I thought all races were hilly. Then I ran Savannah GA. I think they ran us up onto the Truman Parkway so the on ramps would resemble a few hills. It was sooooo flat. I found it almost boring. And yet runners arouns me were complaining about how hilly the course was.

Personally, I like some hills. It makes things interesting.

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10/17/14 8:16 A

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My first had a good mix of smaller hills and flat. My second was almost completely flat until the end. My third was very rolling. I think that I liked the first one the best in term of hills. There was enough changed in grade that I was able to use different muscles, and the hills kept things interesting. Though, I'm probably not really a good enough runner to make the judgment.

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10/16/14 8:36 P

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My first HM was near the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC. Hilly, but not too hilly. For a first HM, I had set a time goal (do not do this for any first race), and did not calculate the terrain part. It was beautiful scenery which was my sole motivation and I do not regret having hills. I did go out on a flatter than flat HM for my second go round 6 weeks later, and wow, huge difference. The flat Half gave me the confidence I needed to go for it again, and again. I would not be intimidated to do another hilly course, only more prepared. I would tell you to tell him to go flat course first.

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10/13/14 8:38 A

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Never seen a totally flat race course... Go hilly even if it is gently rolling. Even better than a tough course.

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10/10/14 2:10 P

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Perhaps I should have explained that by "some hills", I didn't mean super-hilly. Several of you have described HMs that sound extremely hilly or with a few tough hills. But I'm talking about the difference between a HM with many gentle or short hills vs a HM that is totally flat.

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10/10/14 1:25 P

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I did a 10 Nautical Mile Race, 11.54 miles. It was mostly flat except for the very end, went down a huge hill and back up, it was almost a killer. I think it would have been easier if earlier on. It was like at mile 10.

My first 1/2 was hilly hilly hilly. That was not really that bad, but the 99% humidity and only 2 drops of rain was!

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10/10/14 10:19 A

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I've done both, but my first half marathon had 2 huge hills...one at mile 3 and then I had to go back over it at mile 12...which by then, my best friend and I literally had to push each other up the hill! lol I do enjoy the flat half marathons, but it's also about where you train prior to the race. If your friend is used to hills then I'd say go for it. But looking back, I kinda wish I would have saved the hilly course for a 2nd half marathon, when I could use more of a challenge. And you have to think of time of year, too. My first half marathon was probably the hottest day of the year! And it was tough. But either way, the goal for a first half marathon is simply to finish. And a first half marathon should be fun and exciting, so whichever has the best swag!

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10/10/14 8:28 A

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Go hilly. My first half was on a very hilly course in the middle of January on a windy, gray 20 degree day Loved it. Lot of variations in terrain made it easier to stay interested and focused in the task at hand. Flatter courses don't offer much relief. You just go hard the whole way.

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10/10/14 7:23 A

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I guess it depends on what the runner wants out of his first HM. If he wants to gain the confidence of finishing his first HM with a good time, then he should do the flat course. If, however, he wants to challenge himself with hills and not worry about finishing fast, then he should do the hilly course. If he does the hilly course, however, he should be training on hills.

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10/10/14 3:53 A

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A friend of mine is looking at signing up for his first HM and he's torn between a flat HM and one with some hills. Half of his friends are telling him that a race with some hills are the way to go (presuming you don't run them too quickly and burn out) because they make the race easier because you get to use different muscles. The other friends are telling him that flat HMs are easier because you use much less energy.

I can see the merit in both positions and don't know who is right! Advice? Which type was your first HM and do you think you made the right choice in retrospect?

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