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"Hill" Workout! & Learning to FINISH STRONG!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today I ran my first 'real' hill workout! Here's how it went...

First of all, I didn't get to start until 9 am as I dropped my daughter off for her first day of school! (She's 10, but we've homeschooled until now. BIG DAY for both of us!) So, at 9 am it was already 86 degrees. When I was finished, it was 89! And, most of my first 25 minutes was IN THE SUN!!! Ugh!

I ran a warmup mile, mostly in the sun, at 11:55. (My warmups are even getting faster, though it was a comfortable pace!) Then, I did "the hill" 5x up & down. The hill is in a park and is kind of 2 hills. You start in the grass near a soccer goal and run up a fairly steep hill, down a little & then a little flat area, and then up the 2nd part of the hill. There are a few trees (so shade!) near the base and at the top. I stopped every time to walk a few seconds & get a few drinks of water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

When I was done with the 5 ups & downs, I was only about 1.8 miles, so I did a slow run to finish mile 2 in 15:21. (Remember, this was up & down a hill & quite a lot of water/walk breaks!)

I was really tired by then, and it was hot. But, I found a shady path to run for mile 3. I couldn't really start running again and walked quite a bit of the first 1/2 mile. I started telling myself I could run 2 minutes and walk 1. This helped, though I haven't had to pull this trick in awhile!

I tried to run most of the 2nd half of a mile without walking. I told myself the faster I finished, the sooner I could get in the a/c! I was running slow...about 13 & 14 minute paces.

When I saw I only had about .2 miles left, I decided to push myself. I've been practicing this as I have yet to have a race where I finish strong! Well, I started running faster, and faster, and faster. I hit 11:00 then 10:30 then 10:00. I tried to see a 9:something...I did! I ran FASTER! I ended up running 8:45 by my Garmin! (When I downloaded, it shows I finished at 7:40!) WooHoo! I'm learning how to RACE!!!

I'm learning to dig DEEPER and can't wait to start racing again!
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  • no profile photo CD9332115
    Way to go, I bet you felt wonderful after. I just started hill training too and I have to admit....I love them.

    Keep up the excellent work.
    3489 days ago
    Congrats on completing your first hill workout. Hills are so tough but so rewarding. You'll gain a lot from it.
    3489 days ago
    My first hill workout almost made me puke, so props to you for not having that experience either!!
    3489 days ago
    Great, great training - sounds like you did extra hills to me! Really smart to practice kicking - every time I do, I can do it in a race otherwise I dribble to the finish.
    3489 days ago
    I have a love-hate relationship with hills! I love 'em because I can really feel them making me stronger. I hate 'em because they're TOUGH! Then again I also love 'em because they're tough!
    Congrats on your first hill workout and finishing STRONG!!!
    3489 days ago
  • BILL60
    Well done. Those hill workouts are so tough, yet so good for you. I'm doing the 2nd hill workout of the week today on my bike. Not looking forward to it.

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  • ROXIT22222
    Way to go. Finishing strong is iportant in racing. Just know that you can always digg a little deaper and push it out.
    3489 days ago
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