Yet another search term that someone used to find me. Holler? Hahah
Apparently I lied and that hill workout I did on Tuesday? Yeah, Hill 1 is actually 26% grade! I was correct in saying that Hill 2 is 15% though. Oops. No wonder the workout hurt so badly! Like I said in my edit yesterday, the funny thing is that the second hill is the one that hurt the most!
Also a note on hills: I found out yesterday that a 100% grade hill is a 45* angle (not the straight up like I would intuitively think). Thinking about it I’ve decided that the math (aka trigonometry) does, in fact, work out that way. But I never would have intuitively realized it and this means that my 26% grade hill is actually twice as steep as I would have thought a 26% grade hill to be. And I thought it was pretty darn steep! 😛 If any of that made sense that’d be awesome because it’s hard to wrap my head about it hahah.
A couple of people asked me how to calculate percent grade. So I’ll nerd out a bit 🙂 It’s trig and the formula for percent grade is your slope formula: rise over run
Of course the “run” part of the equation is not the exact portion you are running (the hypotenuse is) and the more complicated equation becomes if you don’t know the “run”. So you can use the actual distance traveled (the hypotenuse) with the equation (and feel free to use a calculator!):
100*tan[arcsin(rise/distance you run)]
Enjoy that math lesson? Don’t lie because of course you did.
And I bet you’ll also enjoy the fact that my body is feeling the workout today as well. At least I am. Sure it made the actual run today total suckage but that’s okay. Surprisingly my legs have reacted pretty well to being hammered and beaten on those hills. But I’m not feeling crippled. It’s more of a tightness and lead feeling rather than OUCH.
Doesn’t change the end result that I felt like I was running through molasses this morning.
In all fairness I don’t think it was entirely my legs’ fault. It was 69* and 93% humidity.
And this was at 0500. Which means is was PITCH BLACK the entire run. Well maybe by the end there was pre-dawn light but ugh. I know most of you know what I’m talking about.
So I’m sure my legs LOVED that as well. Especially since I couldn’t see the path I was running on. The areas that are tree covered made me really unsure of where I was stepping. Luckily I came out unscathed 🙂
I can go either way with loving or hating 0500 and so can my runs. Either I just GO without thinking or my legs don’t want to wake up. Secretly I think it’s more love with that wake up because, oddly enough, I feel like a real adult. Like I have to get up this early because I have to be at work on time.
But my legs did feel sloooooooooooooooow. In fact I checked my watch at a place where I knew how far I’d run, saw the time and then didn’t look at my watch for the rest of the run. Because it was THAT slow. I’d have loved to have turned off the watch completely but, hey, at the end of the day I’m a numbers junkie and my log book and stats would not have liked that. Suffice it to say I haven’t yet looked at the overall time because I want it to sting less if I look at it later!
I can say that it was between 6 and 7 miles. Maybe close to 8 if I’m being overly pessimistic right now on the pace. I doubt it though. I’d say a solid 6.5. Once I saw how slow I was and knew that I wasn’t going to care about pace (at least in terms of seeing the time during the run) I kind of wandered a bit on my route.
Very unlike me.
A recovery run itself isn’t really like me either. If you remember, after both my recent half and 5, none of the runs were slow or short enough to be classified as recovery. Damn you hills 😉
I’ll wrap up there. It’s been a long day at work already. I’ve been in meetings from 0800 until abut 1330. So the time has flown by but I’ve gotten nothing accomplished that I wanted to. So what am I doing? Finishing a post then heading to DD. Because it’s a coffee day! And I’ll be walking down gang street to do so. Wish me luck!