Our average daytime temps are a bit higher here in the midwest than what
you may be accustomed to. Early starts are usually welcomed around here.
I heard no complaints about the 6:30AM start time when we toed up for
the OKC Memorial Marathon on Sunday. Looking at your half times and your
training, I think you might be a candidate for at least one more half
attempt before jumping into the deep end. Right now, your projected
finishing time might bump up against some events support cutoff. If
you're bound to try, then your best bet would be to stay close to home
if things happen to get ugly. The second half of a marathon won't be as
pretty as the first. I'm not being negative, just realistic. 26.2 miles
is a long way even for elite runners. As far as the hills, make sure and
include them on some long training runs. Google around for some training
tips and strategies (emphasize nutrition). Good luck.
> I have started to train for a marathon (just finished my first half
> marathon), and I basically have two choices:
> -Oasis Montreal Marathon, starting at a decent time, but somewhat
> hilly (a hill about 60m high gained over about 4km and a couple of
> 10-15m high or so). The advantage is that it is in my home city, and
> it starts at 9:00 (I'm not much of a morning person)
> -Toronto Waterfront Marathon, flat but far from home and starting at
> an ungodly hour (7:30).
> What is your advice? What would be the best place to try?
> Personal information:
> 29 years old, 5 feet 8 inch, 185 lbs
> Just finished a decently flat half marathon: 2:28
> Trained for about 3 months this year, and another 3 months last year.
> Thank you for your advice :-)
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