Touring The Crim Course - Mile 6
Welcome back to my continuing saga of how to run the Crim 10 Mile course. This is the toughest part of the course and the reason why it is so difficult to run a negative split (the second half is fast then the first half) on this course. The runner support from the local residents makes it bearable.
Halfway? Not so fast!
Crim history has proven that it is a race that is extremely difficult to run a negative split. So odds are you are not half way home in terms of time, but give it a shot and go for that negative split! So far you should at least be running smart if not fast.
The second and third Bradley hills are not as terrible as the first. However, it is because you just finished the first hill that these two seem so terrible. The Bradley’s are not so much about the ability to run hills as they are about the ability to recover from hills. Of course to recover you must first actually run a hill!
Successfully conquering these three hills may seem like a victory but as you might guess, there is a theme here. As you cross the next major intersection at Corunna Rd. there is (IMHO) the worse hill on the course. There is actually a 4th Bradley! This is not a hill, hill, but rather a long steady climb that takes you just shy of the 6 mile mark. For many years a group of residents have passed out cups of ice cubes for the runners. I highly recommend you keep the back of your shirt tucked in your shorts. Then take the ice cubes and toss them on your back. They will rest between your skin and shirt, in the small of your back and provide a very nice albeit short lived cooling effect.
Make a right turn onto Court Street and in a few hundred feet you will not only be at the 6 mile mark but also on an overall downhill slope to the finish!
Thank you for following me along this journey. I hope it will help you on the 4th Saturday in August :)
Coach Lee, The Running Architect
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