I decided to run the hills around my neighbourhood this morning as my last hard workout before the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon. OMG, what a struggle. The first part of the run was downhill; no problem there. However, I really laboured on the first incline and ended up taking a walk break once I reached the top. On the next hill, I started experiencing side stitches -- another walk break. All this in a short 20 minute run!
So, am I ready for Sunday's race as I thought I was? I'm not so sure anymore. Did I do enough outdoor running in cool temperatures? Did I do enough morning runs? Did I do enough hill work? Did I taper too early?
I'm going to have to rethink my race strategy and time goals.