It’s Only One Hill but a famous one at that.
On Saturday I will be running in the famous Mt. Washington Road Race. An epic 7.6 Mile Road race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the the Summit of Mt. Washington!
Here is a what the website has to say about the course:
The Mt. Washington Auto Road is 7.6 miles in length, has an average grade of 12% with extended sections of 18%, and the last 50 yards is a 22% “wall” to the finish. There are mile posts along the course, but these posts represent mileage from Route 16 . Mile one is thus actually 0.9 mi. from the start. And mile posts 2 – 7 are thus 1.9 – 6.9 miles. From milepost 7 to the finish is 0.7 mi. There will be a digital clock at the exact halfway point of the race (3.8 mi.). The course rises 4,650 vertical feet from start to finish. Relax, there’s Only One Hill!
Last weekend Organic Runner Dad and I got to enjoy the outdoor playground at the base of Mt. Washington as we celebrated our wedding anniversary. We spent the weekendfrolicking, on bikes and scenic mountain trails in Pinkham Notch, the Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail, and the Great Glen Trail system. While we were there I got some awesome mental preparation for the Mt. Washington Road Race as we tackled tough workouts including a challenging mountain run in the shadow of Mt. Washington.
Physically I am feeling totally prepared for this race. I know that I will need to run a slow and steady climb. The wind could be an issue. Last weekend we got a taste of the wind in the Notch. As we road our bikes up into Pinkham Notch my bike kept getting pushed sideways. Hopefully it will be a calm day. Mt. Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeast and can have some of the wildest weather at the summit so I will need to plan my race day gear appropriately and make sure that I pack plenty of warm clothes for post-race.
The other wild card factor this weekend are my allergies. Apparently mother nature has decided to gift us with crazy pine and birch pollen this week which has sent my allergies out of control. This morning I woke up feeling as though I was underwater. I am hoping this feeling will pass so that I don’t feel like I am sucking wind (more than any normal runner racing up Mt. Washington. Ha!) as I climb to the summit with several hundred other
crazy people runners.
Whatever happens on race day I am looking at this race as an experience, a bucket list race and having no times to compare it to I am just ready to get out there to run, see some of my other favorite runners, and to have a blast in the beauty of Northern New Hampshire. Now it’s time to rest up, fuel, and hydrate.
Have you ever run the Mt. Washington Road Race or any other epic mountain race. I’d love to hear about your adventures!
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