My name is Kristen and I blog over at The Smith Summary! I am super excited to welcome all of you to my home state in April the St. Jude Country Music Marathon and ½ presented by Nissan! If you have never been to Tennessee, well you are in for a real treat! I have run several races in Nashville and you are in for some beautiful sightseeing and some awesome music to listen to along the way!
Did you see the course for this year?? If you haven’t taken a peak yet, check it out here!
If you hop on over to the Course part of the site and select your distance, an elevation chart will pop up at the bottom. Even without that, I am here to warn you now: Nashville has HILLS y’all!!! OH the hills!
Tennessee is known for its gorgeous rolling hills and Nashville has its fair share, let me assure you! But never fear, with the proper preparation, you’ll eat those hills for breakfast. Here are a few tips:
- Incorporate hill training into your workout. I found a workout from Fitness magazine that I am using to train this time around. You can find that workout here. Don’t like this one? No fear; a quick search on Competitor.com will give you great articles like “Learn To Power Over Hills, And Then Repeat” and “ Hit The Hills, Reap The Benefits”.
- Set realistic goals. If you typically run on flatter ground, you might not want to set your eyes on a 30 minute PR. I personally will be running for what I call a “Nashville PR” – or better than my previous Nashville time.
- Be prepared for the mental challenge. The last time I ran in Nashville I walked through the first big hill and immediately became discouraged – this is no bueno!!! If you listen to music, put some really powerful, uplifting songs in your playlist to help you push through the times you want to give up. Have family waiting on you at the finish?? That will help too!! Or, if you’re a parent like me, imagine how your kids will look up to you when you’re sporting a gorgeous medal at the end of your race.
With proper preparation you will OWN this course, y’all! Anyone else have any tips for training for hills?? We’d love to hear it!!
To learn more about Kristen, read her bio here!