4 or even sub 4:30 race. And yet, my running times didn't improve. Reading about how to become a fast runner will not make you a fast runner. You have to actually DO THE STUFF THEY SAY IN THE ARTICLE to get faster. Well, either that, or I need to read more about how this osmosis concept works because if it did work that way I would be uber fast. Seriously, I have read a lot about the ideal types of speed work outs, VO2 Max, Lactic Acid Thresholds, hill repeats - you name it.
In light of this unfortunate discovery and my desire to speed up, I decided to turn it up on today's run; today seemed like the perfect day to start my new and improved training since I had a running date with my childhood friend, Meridith. When better to push yourself to try to achieve something difficult than when you have the support and motivation of a friend, right?
I had picked out a rather steep, ramp type incline up to a charming little gazebo. Not that I actually saw much of the gazebo during the climb. I would imagine that "proper form" would have dictated that I was looking ahead to the gazebo, but really I was just trying to focus on getting to the next few feet in front of me.
|Maybe I was thinking the fairy tale-esc gazebo at the top would distract from the incline's pain? It didn't. Having Meridith along as my partner in crime certainly helped, though.|
|Climb #3? Not as terrible as I remembered the first two to be. Perhaps it was the little walk break right before...|
The lap between 3 and 4 included more walking, but we dug in for one last, full on push up the hill, and then jogged back to turn in for the night. (Okay, so I had us stop to walk for a little bit on that part, too - full disclosure). All in we were running for somewhere between 5 and 5.5 miles (I recorded less in the training log because I goofed up turning the ipod back on after a walk/stretch break and my Garmin was dead from about a half mile on - one day I'll get it right!)
|Meridith and I celebrating how semi-bad*ss we are for running those miserable hills. We'll be fully bad*ss when we run them with no stopping afterwards!|
Do I wish I were tough enough to have not needed any walk breaks [Thanks for your patience, Mer!]? Yea. But this workout still felt like a step in the right direction. A long time ago my friend Annie turned me on to the saying if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten, or that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. I imagine we were talking about boys. Sad that it took me this long to figure out how perfectly it applied to running!
Tell me - how do you feel about hills? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Have any secrets for tackling them? Do you regularly make an effort to incorporate them into your workouts? Feel like they've helped with your speed?