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January 23, 2011

Okay So Hills For Real

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 11:05

I ended up staying over with my friend Friday night (and thus haven’t had lots of time to respond to comments I’m hoping to get caught up later today/tonight! Promise) because I spent my “working from home” day here. I got a good 10.5 mile run in.  Not in the snow like I thought, because the “storm” wasn’t really a storm, so it was a nice quick clip.  Roughly 8:30 pace.  For an easy run that’s really happiness inducing for me!

Later that night we went to a Brown University bball game ( because I have a friend on the team and sadly Brown lost.) and then out to The English Cellar Alehouse where I ate the greatest pre-quality workout meal ever: Fish and chips with beer. Followed by fried oreos for dessert.  WTF? hahah

thanks google. yet again.

Surprisingly, despite not having fried foods for years, this choice was quite yummy. Slightly worrysome because I was wondering how my tummy would respond.  I’m happy to say that even though I REALLY didn’t want to mentally go running Saturday, the fried food didn’t affect me in a bad way.  I’m not quite sure if I can give credit to it for having a decent run but I completed the dreaded….HILLS

The workout looked something like this.  And was with my friend.  Love running with others.

  • Warm up / Easy miles (~8 miles worth)
  • Hills X 4.  The way the hill portion was run is that there are two parallel hills, one really steep but shorter (I call it “A” hill) and the other is slightly less steep but longer (I call it “W” hill).  I guess the average distance between the two is .2 miles and the average incline was 11%.  I alternated each hill to get to the four repeats. I didn’t time the actual hills but they went something like this:
  1. (W) Holy F#$%.  I refuse to do another.  Well maybe try one more.  The first of anything sucks.
  2. ( A) Okay not sooooo bad. I think I like this hill better
  3. (A) Ugh. Maybe it was so bad.  The buuuuuuuuuuuuuurn. Let’s go for lucky number 4 though
  4. (W) Suckage.  But at least I made it to the top with hard effort and didn’t give up!
  • Warm down

thanks google. yet again.


Obviously the hills were really tough and hard. I didn’t ever feel like I was running at a fast speed but I definitely felt the burn in my glues and hammys and quads.  Granted this is the 12(ish)% grade hill but I feel like a pansy for A) wanting to quit after 1 and B) only doing 4.

I ran the warm down and bitched and moaned to my friend that I “effing hate hills”.  But then I realized that hills are inherently hard and doing this workout before Boston training officially starts (TOMORROW! EEEEEP!) is good because now I know that hills are something I’ll need to focus on.  Particularly the W hill.  I know that I love charging up hills, making A hill nicer to me.  Boston, if I remember correctly, has a mix of both. So I’ll need to keep doing these hill loops and not shy away from the W hill. It’ll be hard facing a hill that I know is nastier to me when there’s a nicer one a few meters over but I’ll need to.

So, for once I’m writing a quick post, because now I’m taking a lazy Sunday, staying in my pjs and watching more Pushing Daisies with my friend.  I’ll likely get a run in but it won’t be until later this afternoon as it is currently 16* outside and I’m hoping it gets warmer by 1400 or so.  Fingers crossed.


  1. I had fried oreos once. Being an absolute oreo fiend, I had high hopes. They were dashed. Just doesn’t do it for me.

    I don’t think hills ever feel any easier, even as you get fitter. You just start going faster for the same effort despite feeling tough. Sounds like a solid workout you got there

    Comment by runningmanz — January 23, 2011 @ 11:58

  2. Fried Oreo’s!?!? I have never heard of such a thing…I bet they were delicious though. I used to love to eat oreo’s and peanut butter when I was little. I’m sure that is a nutritious 9,000 calorie snack!
    Way to go on the hill runs! They are so freaking hard, but in some sick way I love them. I live in UT, and go run on the mt. trails when I need some hill climbing delight. You are so right..BURNNNNN.
    Pushing Daisey’s is the most darling show EVER. I feel like nobody really watched it, so I’m glad to hear someone else is enjoying it. I seriously loved it. I hope the rest of your weekend is awesome!! 🙂

    Comment by Muncher Cruncher — January 23, 2011 @ 12:03

  3. Hills are definitely a necessary evil…especially when training for Boston!
    Ooh, training starts tomorrow? So exciting. Best of luck!

    Comment by runninglam — January 23, 2011 @ 12:05

  4. Nice work taking on those hills! I know I’m weak on hills, but I tend to shy away from them instead of facing facts like you and working harder at them. Maybe as you blog about hills during your Boston training I’ll be more likely to do some more often myself 🙂

    I also have to add, I love fried Oreos every once in a while. Glad they didn’t hinder your workout 😀

    Comment by Lisa — January 23, 2011 @ 12:09

  5. Fried oreos? That does not even sound good, but maybe that’s because I think oreos should be drenched in milk before they meet their maker, courtesy of my stomach!

    Comment by Terri — January 23, 2011 @ 12:30

    • Don’t knock ’em until you’ve tried them. Because that was my first thought and man, I think I’d eat them again 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 24, 2011 @ 23:39

  6. oh I’ve had those, they are good! But I think I can only handle one. Unless its served with frozen yogurt, haha.
    Hills are my love/hate workout. THey burn but make you SO STRONG> NICE JOB!

    Comment by lindsay — January 23, 2011 @ 13:16

  7. guh I hate hills. I think my stomach would revolt after eating that many fried foods, but those oreos look pretty intriguing. Nice running and relaxing!

    Comment by mealsformiles — January 23, 2011 @ 13:38

  8. I am totally using the word “suckage” from now on!! I’ll give you credit though!

    Nice job killing those hills!! Evidentally, you have found your new pre-hill fuel: Fried foods and Beer. Yes?

    Your warm-up was 8 miles?!! Geez! That’s why you are my hero and a BQ’er!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — January 23, 2011 @ 14:29

    • HAhah it was warm up and easy miles. Just until we got to the hills area. And please do use suckage. It’s a great word.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 24, 2011 @ 23:40

  9. Never had fried oreos but I have heard they are good. Hills stink…I did a few last weekend after my easy run and they are tough! Yay for boston training! So exciting!

    Comment by J — January 23, 2011 @ 15:06

  10. Hey MM!
    I haven’t been commenting lately, but I have been reading! My lack of internet/bootlegness has made things difficult in the blogging/commenting area.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I am VERY excited for you and the start up of your training. I’m also starting an ‘official’ 12 week program tomorrow (marathon is the same weekend as Boston). Can’t wait to read about your training and all the good thing ahead for you. 🙂

    Comment by tmart — January 23, 2011 @ 16:04

  11. 11degree avg incline? I am officially a Wuss.

    Comment by Marcia — January 23, 2011 @ 16:21

  12. I don’t even think hills with a 12% grade exist in Texas. 😉

    Comment by Lesley — January 23, 2011 @ 17:22

  13. Way to go on the hills!! Impressive 😀

    Comment by Jess — January 23, 2011 @ 18:30

  14. Yay for the start of Boston training! Here’s hoping the weather chills out (not literally) for you.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 24, 2011 @ 06:49

  15. Ughhh, hills. My dad calls them “speed work and strength training” in disguise.

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — January 24, 2011 @ 11:00

  16. Never tried fried oreos … just sounds wrong. But, my sisters love them and swear by them!

    As for hills, I don’t get a lot of hill training here! In NC, that’s all I could run and it made me stronger. It’s important for Boston (or so I hear :)) … so, good job putting it into your training!

    Comment by Jaime — January 24, 2011 @ 11:48

  17. I think fried oreos would be worth it!

    Comment by Jess — January 24, 2011 @ 14:34

  18. I’ve had a fried Twinkie! It was delicious!

    So your mental process is bloody identical to mine, in regards to workouts. I finish the first one and am like, WHAAAAT I HAVE TO DO MORE? And then we do. Because we are dumb.

    Comment by sarah — January 24, 2011 @ 14:49

    • And they always get better after that first one. It’s like a shock wave or something.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 24, 2011 @ 23:46

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    Comment by Vanessa — January 24, 2011 @ 17:25

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