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Distance Stud said 6 months ago

Heart Break Hill

I'm sick of hearing all this crap about how hard "heart break hill" is...It is only a 3.3% gradient climbing a mere 27m....That isn't even a hill for Christ sakes !!!! If it was at least a 5% gradient, and climbs over 60-70m then we're talking but heart break hill climbs a poultry 27m....All of these major marathons are flat as a pancake, and offer very little incline change...I say they put a marathon with some real hills, with some elevation changes and now we're talking...I'm talking putting a 100+m hill in the middle of the race..Then we see who the true grinders are, who has the balls to "throw down." Heck, there should be a 8+ % incline somewhere in a marathon, just to "twist" things around. It gets very tiresome seeing the same similar flat marathon courses...I want to see people suffering, and absolutely "grinding" their ass up some deadly hills. If you put on a marathon in the area I'm from, it would be an absolute "suffer fest," as their is some monster hills around, that would make "mince meat" out of heart break hill. I'm talking a cumulative total of 500+m of elevation...imagine putting Rupp down their, and see how good he can actually run? In all seriously the hills we're I'm from are absolutely brutal to run, up and would make for a epic marathon race.

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    Buddy said 6 months ago

    How many times have you raced Boston?

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    Do U even run, bro? said 6 months ago

    Quoting: Buddy
    "How many times have you raced Boston?"


    Twice.

    The OP is exactly correct.

    The downhills just after Heartbreak hill are where you really suffer if you haven't enough downhill running in training.

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    Buddy said 6 months ago

    Do you even know the story behind the nickname "heartbreak hill"
    it has nothing to do with how easy or tough the hill(s) are

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    See 2015 Pan Am Games Marathon, Toronto High Park.

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    Meizner said 6 months ago

    Virtually any hill after 20 miles can break you. The damn overpass at Hog's back 30k into Ottawa has broken me many times and I am sure it's even less than Boston's.

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    I agree with AUS Scou.....I mean Distant Stud. We don't see enough hills in marathons. We should be having Marathons exclusively uphill. That would really bring out the grinders

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    JohnStuartHobbes said 6 months ago

    Quoting: Distance Stud
    "If it was at least a 5% gradient, and climbs over 60-70m then we're talking but heart break hill climbs a poultry 27m"


    Do you think the racers count their chickens before they hatch? That's a paltry excuse.

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    NC Blogger said 6 months ago

    Here you go Stud, knock yourself out.

    http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/
    Rises 2382m with an average incline of 11%
    Then you turn around and run back down. Great way to negative split a marathon.

    Look forward to seeing your result come the end of the summer (if you can stay injury free long enough).

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Quoting: JohnStuartHobbes
    "Do you think the racers count their chickens before they hatch? That's a paltry excuse."



    I believe it is a poultry excuse

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    Distance Stud said 6 months ago

    Quoting: JohnStuartHobbes
    "Do you think the racers count their chickens before they hatch? That's a paltry excuse."


    Hey JohnStuartHobbes, are you and Alberto Charizard related by chance?

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    ChickenCrossTheRoad said 6 months ago

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    "I believe it is a poultry excuse"


    Poultry are "domesticated birds kept for eggs or meat". So a chicken, from which we get eggs or meat, or a turkey would be an example of poultry.

    Tony laughed as McGee sprawled headlong amongst the chickens in the small yard outside the victim's farmhouse. "Nice moves, McPoultry!"


    Paltry, on the other hand, has several meanings: "inferior, trashy"; "mean, despicable"; "trivial"; or "meager, measly". Note that, while these meanings aren't identical, they do have a "smallness" to them – inferior, trivial, meager. If you're thinking about something being of little value, then paltry would be an appropriate word. For example:

    Tony looked horrified as he inspected the plate of pasta placed in front of him. "What is this paltry excuse for lasagna?"

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    JohnStuartHobbes said 6 months ago

    Quoting: Distance Stud
    "Hey JohnStuartHobbes, are you and Alberto Charizard related by chance?"


    Probably. I hear the Charizards have a lineage dating back to ancient Greece. Perhaps we are first cousins 25 times removed.

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