I wanted to title this post “loving the hills,” but that just isn’t going to happen. I’ve made great strides in the past two weeks to embrace the hills though. And I already feel like it’s making me a strong runner.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about pushing past my status quo in running. I talked about how I had slipped into a bit of a running rut over the holidays and I needed to shake things up a bit. That, in combination with my epic fail at running hills at the Frostbite 5K, made me realize I must at least try to embrace these mountains and RUN THE HILLS.
I found a nice 3 mile loop with some epic hills. I’m not talking rolling hills, but really good mountain leg burners. I figured if I could learn to run this loop, I could run any race in town.
My plan is to run this course once a week. If I feel any ankle trouble, (the reason why I stopped running hills in the first place) I would rest and then back off to every other week.
I decided to take the course slowly, not worry about time, and make sure I could finish strong. This is what I ended up with…
I made this my baseline for running this loop and my new goal to try to run it faster each time. So far I’ve run the loop 3 times, a little faster each try. No ankle trouble and I’m already feeling stronger and more confident with the hills. It is so refreshing to have a whole new running challenge.
I can’t say I LOVE running hills, but they are certainly growing on me.
My new hilly running plan has also pushed me to run faster in my weekend runs! Check out my 4 mile run times from the past few weeks….
This past weekend I felt like I could have pushed this time even faster.
My lungs have felt a little stronger too since I started running the hills. I've had several weeks of really good running and it feels great.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is embrace the things we KNOW are good for us.
Bring on the hills. I can handle it!
Do you embrace the hills?
How is your running going lately?