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
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.