Exactly one year ago I got my half marathon PR: 1 hour & 51 minutes at the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon. The course has PR written all over it. It is a steady downhill almost the whole way and is tons-o-fun. I still can't believe I averaged 8:28 per mile.
This steep downhill is so fun DURING the race, but not so fun AFTER the race. Your knees and quads take a serious beating. For about a week after the race, it hurts to walk. Actually, for about a week after the race, just thinking about walking hurts. Imagine having Chuck Norris drop filing cabinets full of cement on your legs. Then setting the filing cabinets on fire. This is how your legs feel for at least a week. I wish I was exaggerating.
I am running the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon again in a few days. Even though I'm itching to try for a PR, I've decided I'm just going to take it easy and have fun because I'm running the Deseret News Marathon a week later. Going hard at Bryce would make Deseret News impossible.
So I'm going to take it easy, take my camera, take lots of pictures, and do my best to avoid a Chuck Norris attack.
What are your thoughts on downhill races?