I'm not a good hill runner, AT ALL! I feel weak and look like crap running up a hill. I hate it but that's probably because I suck. So I am going to start hill workouts weekly if not every other week. I chose a hill in Umstead Park called cemetery hill. I always thought it was named that because you want to die while running up it. But apparently there is a cemetery adjacent to it.
This is cemetery hill.
It's worse than it looks!
|These pics are from My friend Jim who took them during a 100 endurance race.In Raleigh we like our hills and our mileage!|
So I took the advice of my new friend Eric and ran 10 repeats. I "tried" to run fast up it and shake it out on the way down. The distance was .17 of a mile each way. And 73 feet of elevation. Here is the garmin. I had timing issues initially but you can see I figured out the lap feature after that. I have to say with each trip up the hill it got easier. There may be something to this hill training after all.
Every time I got to the top of the hill I made a tally mark with a stone in the dirt. It was kinda like lap swimming you have good intentions of remembering but it never pans out.
To get to this hill there is a 3 mile very hilly section of bridal path. So it turned out to be about a 9 mile run. It was raining, muddy and 50 degrees. I wore a baseball hat to shield me from the downpour. However, running up a hill with a baseball hat blocks all your vision. I knew with my luck I'd run into a cyclist, maintenance vehicle, horse or another runner. So I turned it around. Got soaked.
OMG, this post SUCKS!! There isn't a funny, interesting way to write about hill running! So, let's look at my hair!! Here's a good hair day pic. Blog saved, phewwwww!! haha..actually, this picture doesn't look so good blown up..my hair looks snarly actually!
I am DONE, ENTER!
Thanks for listening!