• Juan J. Arrieta

Looking forward to an amazing course in NODM

Updated: Jun 3, 2018

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I am somewhat surprised at the fact that until now, I had not sat down and analyzed in too much detail the course elevation for my upcoming North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon. Over the last year or so I have developed somewhat of an OCD thing for race course elevations.

While running a hilly course can be a fun undertaking, it is definitely a challenge that can throw off your pace and rhythm if you are either not expecting it or have not trained your mind and body for it accordingly. And thus I have found myself carefully reviewing course maps and elevation charts such as this one, making sure I understand what to expect when it comes to hills I’ll be facing, with the hopes of being as prepared as possible for them.

I believe that what happened with this race, which is held in Port Angeles, Washington, next to the Olympic Mountains and the Olympic National Park, is that I when I signed up, I wasn’t doing so targeting a particular time goal or personal record. I did it because the location and beauty shown on the photos I found when researching it was amazing.

Having completed a number of half marathons in the last year, I feel quite confident about the distance I have to tackle. I have also done quite a bit of training and racing in hilly courses recently, so I know I can handle what is coming. My goal is to take it all in and enjoy what will be a true “discovery” for me, never having visited Port Angeles or the Olympic Mountains before. So stay tuned for the pics, videos, and live feed I’ll be sharing through this blog as well as through my Twitter and Instagram accounts ----> @3dotjuan. Hope you enjoy them as much as I know I will!

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