Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Hate Hills

Yes, I know, it's a bad attitude to have, but there you go. Fitness-wise, I know that incorporating hills into my runs is a Good Thing. That doesn't mean I have to like it.

My current nemesis is this hill, the one that starts just before the mile 1 marker and goes up at a 4% incline for about a quarter mile.
I can make it about half way up before I have to walk, and at the top I have to stop and gasp for breath for a good 20 seconds.

Aside: The hill at the end isn't a picnic either. I end up walking partway up that one too.

This week is the second week that my running partner and I have run this route. Last Tuesday, I got an email from running partner E. saying she couldn't stand to run our regular evening route one more time. Could I find us another route? And I came up with this one, so I have no one to blame but myself.

This evening, as I was huffing and puffing my way to the top of the Horrible Hill, I decided that this will be my long-term goal for the summer. To build up to being able to run the entire route, including the Horrible Hill.

I still have a ways to go. Alas, my three runs last week, did not give me an instantaneous increase in speed and stamina.
  • Last week's time: 45:35
  • This week's time: 45:36
That's a very sad, 12:34 pace.

Ah well, at least I'm consistent.

This evening running partner E. finally confirmed what I long suspected: she speeds up on hills. It's almost enough to make me want to cry.


Merry said...

See, the thing is, you're doing this backward. You're supposed to run down the steep ones, not up!

Merry said...

Wait a minute -- where's the gold star? You've earned it!

Theresa said...

Oh yeah, I definitely earned a star! Look to the sidebar on the right, you'll see it.

Ted said...

I know that doing any kind of run uphill is not easy. Thought you might like a little tip from me.. whenever I have a big uphill to go, I tend to shorten my stride and do "babystep" running. It is impossible for me to run in fast gear uphill. After that, I go in full speed downhill.