Dallas Marathon elevation chart. 5 months away and I’m already looking at the elevation chart? Sounds about right.
This isn’t as scary as it looks. It’s all relative to scale. That first long, long uphill is 200 feet over 5 miles; the second long uphill is 150 feet over 2 miles. Yes, it will still be uphill, and I will still feel it, but none of that is very scary. I am more concerned about those little sharp peaks that I zoomed in on. 50-foot incline over only a quarter mile - there’s a couple of those. 20-foot over a tenth of a mile. “Small” blips like that will hurt a little. I will have to do hills more seriously as I train.
The big big upshot though: 21.05-26.21 miles is a 150-foot DECLINE. You can’t get much better news than that about a marathon course.
I have a time goal in mind already. I know “they” say not to have one for your first marathon, but come on, of course I do. I won’t talk about what it is or even set anything in stone in my own mind until I start training more intensely in September and as I get closer to the actual date.