Do speed work that is. At least out and out speed work.
Because today I tackled the HILLS.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to do this. Hell I’m NEVER sure I want to do this. Hills are like reverse frenemies. They are nasty to you outright but behind your back they help you become a better runner.
I’m glad you guys don’t really have a problem with me complaining so much about the weather — or at least you guys were too polite to do so. Because I suppose I’m going to do it again. When I last left you guys the weather was cool and misty. This morning it was 71* with a humidity of 91%. I guess I can’t really complain because late afternoon yesterday the humidity was 97%. Hello summer? WTF New England?!
I also got to sleep in (AGAIN) today. My body woke me at 0715 but I laid there until the alarm was supposed to go off 45 minutes later. In hindsight it might have been a mistake because adding the hill repeats, and the subsequent recovery jogs, into the route caused me to run slightly late for work this morning. But everything miraculously worked out and I got here on time. And the repeats let me feel good.
It didn’t start out that way. I woke up and, as the title of the post suggests, I did NOT want to do anything other than an easy run. It’s easy. Duh. I think one of the best things I incorporate into my running is this blog. I mean, I had SAID that over the weekend I was going to do this workout. And then I said it again yesterday. At some point I’ve got to nut up or shut up
How I tackled these hills hahah
And so I did. The first few warm up miles were NOT pretty. My legs felt DEAD and TIRED and NOT MOVING. But by this time I knew that I was doing hills so I told myself that by the time I got to the two hills I wanted to do that my legs would feel better.
LIES. But it got me to stop at the hills rather than just continue on my way.
- ~40 minute warm up
- 4 X Hill 1: ~.1 miles @ 12% [Edit: I lied, this hill is really 26%. Eep. the funny thing is that this one hurt less than the other one!]
- 4 X Hill 2: ~.1 miles @ 15%
- ~ 55 minutes warm down
- Total hillage: 8 repeats for ~1.5 miles
- Total miles & pace: 12 miles @ 9:05
Ouch. I was expecting a faster time than that. But the slow start and the killer hills (and granny jog — aka barely moving — recovery) and then slow to get my legs moving after the hills (plus I realized that I still had to go up more hills to get back to my apartment!) all add up to a SLOW overall pace. I’m not too upset by it. Obviously I cringed a bit when calculating it out but I’m happy with getting those hills in. It was a very challenging workout for me.
These guys were TOUGH. My legs BURNED after the first one. My butt and hips are going to be very VERY sore tomorrow. I could feel them being sore during the workout. And I could feel them sore during the runn granny shuffle afterward. Heck I can feel them being sore right now as I type this at clinic.
That said, looking back on the workout I’d have to classify these guys as just hill repeats. Not hills sprints. Of course my legs were tired and hurt like the dickens by the end but I never felt like I was going to hurl. I do know that is what I always want out of racing but I also think a good hard session of hills or intervals should give you a slight feeling of vomit-ness.
But again, I’m not disappointed with this workout. My heart was pounding in my chest and I wanted to stop. But I didn’t. I know that the next step in my running scheme is to get from repeats to sprints. But considering that I haven’ t done a hills workout since Boston training (and those were on TMs because of the lack of hills in my area) this one was a doozy.
Which suits me just fine 8)