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Governor’s Cup Half Marathon Training – 9 Mile Pre-Blast – 9/28

9 miles brothers.  New PR distances will be set this weekend as the Governors Cup training gets serious.  If you haven’t been putting in the miles yet, its time to get in gear before you’re stepping up to October’s four-in-a-row double digit weekends.

As has become the standard, the course below is a route sliced out of the actual Governors Cup route and, once more, it all begins at DHS for a convergence finale.  We’re back on the lollipop end around Lake Katherine so the Kilbourne hill from mile 7 to 8 is your punishment of the week.


From Dreher, cross Devine on Ott and head into Shandon.  Turn Right on Wheat (onto the Governors Cup Route) and proceed to King street.  TURN LEFT ON KING.  This is the only shortcut you get but it’s a biggie.  The race route turns right on King up to Devine but we’re headed south for a block before turning left again onto Duncan to rejoin the race route where Duncan crosses Maple.  Compare this to the race route if you’re confused.

Run the length of Duncan to Kilbourne and turn left again for the long curve around to the left turn onto Sanford.  Right onto Kathwood and down to the left turn back up Woodlake to stay on the Governors Cup route.  Right again on Carter Hill and Right again on Quail.  Several people two weeks ago missed this right hand Quail turn because our normal #Amble course goes all the way to KBC.  Stay on track and take Quail to the end for the right hand turn on Shady Lane.

Bonus points offered to include Milford this time which IS part of the Governors Cup route.  If you want to hit this right at MapMyRun’s 9 mile distance, skip Milford… but if you want to get your moneys worth and need to be sure your watch rewards you for the full distance, take the right and right again around the Milford chicane and back to Shady to Kilbourne.  Again, here’s your beast for the week…  up Kilbourne all the way around the curve and back down a hair to the right turn on Devine and the home stretch to Adger.  Note that, on race day, the Kilbourne hill is just beyond the 8 mile mark so this should feel about right in terms of distance from the start.

As has happened the last two weeks, there will likely be runners both Saturday and Sunday leaving out of DHS but this time plan for a launch time of 6:40.  An 8:30 mile pace puts you back at DHS with four minutes to spare on Saturday for the convergence COT.  If you’re running a 9:00 minute mile or just want a little extra time on the back end, consider leaving a hair before 6:40.

Also, if you’re going to run the Sunday option, shout it out.  We’ve had a person or two run Sunday each week and would like to offer a Q for that day if there are people who want the option.

Last, as advertised, this week will include a water station courtesy of Chaser.  On the route, find the corner of Heath Hill and Shady Lane.  It’s on the right side of the road beneath the 6 mile marker.  Chaser will have water bottles in front of his driveway for the pax. Just make sure you find a suitable spot to leave the empty or take it with you the remaining three miles back to DHS.

See you in the gloom!


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  1. We will be within 1 mile of creating exact conditions for the Kilbourne hill. On race day we will have run roughly 8.2 or so miles at that point. Tomorrow we will have run a little over 7 miles when we start the climb.

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