“Hills are my friends.”

Posted: 10/24/2012 in Uncategorized

This was last night’s group run:

An out and back in the dark, on leafy sidewalks.

This is also the type of hill that I am usually pretty bad at – long, slow, gradual. Short & Steep, I excel at – I will race you to the top of those then promptly die.  These, phhhffft. Not so much.

So, to the two girls who had shirts with “Hills are my friends.” written across the back – Thank You. I did not actually see you out on the course, but seeing you before the run put that into my head & I did use that as a mantra once or twice.

Also, to the girl that was pacing me over my right shoulder the entire way back – Thank You. There were a couple of times that I wanted to interval this one, but you were working SO HARD back there to stay with me – I had the feeling that if I quit on it, you would too – so I just couldn’t let you be disappointed in yourself like that.  You totally earned that high-five I gave you when we stopped at the last light before the finish – and you made me push myself to be better at this running thing.

That being said, I really crushed this one. So I guess I’m not as bad at those long, gradual climbs as I thought. I’ve now hit the point that I can’t remember the last time I intervalled a run. I can look at the calendar & say – 2 weeks – Reggae Run had 2 intervals in it, Race for the Cure tanked before that. But my body doesn’t feel those runs in it right now. It is not remembering what an interval feels like. Used to be, I couldn’t remember the last time I ran a run without any walking mixed in. Getting stronger.

  1. Steena says:

    Awesome! Yes! Hills can be your friend! It’s just a hill, get over it! I trained my butt off on hills over the summer, and I really saw the rewards in my pace. Keep going up them!


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