I hate you but I love you.
Day 3 of Brooklyn Half training:
4 miles total
1-ish mile warmup
4 x hill repeats
1-ish mile cooldown
Do you like how specific that is? I didn’t know in advance exactly how long my chosen hill was, so I warmed up for about a mile, planned to run 4 hills (with recovery being the jog back down) and then cooldown to make it an even 4 miles.
My cooldown ended up being about 2 miles. I tried to use the lap function on my Garmin but it didn’t work. So, all I can tell you is that my warmup, hills (with recovery time) and cooldown, for 4 miles overall, took me 42 minutes and 46 seconds to complete. Eh.
Let’s get back to those hills. UGH those hills.
They dominated me. I think I need to focus more on my hill workout technique. I picked the biggest hill I could and just sprinted up. Didn’t even think about pacing or the grade or how long the hill was. I simply reminded myself to take shorter strides and use my arms. My repeats only covered about 1 mile (with recovery); the hill portion was supposed to be closer to 2 miles. If that was the case, my warmup and cooldown would have been a little more even.
I wore my pretty pink compression socks; I don’t know if people normally wear compression socks during hills/speedwork, but I did and I felt a little more hardcore-runner-girl. I honestly believe they helped me up hill repeats 2, 3, and 4. And the cool-down too, probably. My legs were tired but they didn’t feel lactic-acid-y…you know that feeling, right? I felt a few aches and pains but nothing worrisome. I did, however, feel totally out of shape each time I closed in on the crest of the hill. Obviously hills are something I need to work on…and the more you do hills, the more you adapt. I need to adapt.
Honestly though, I was motivated by thinking about you, blog readers! I wanted to do well with this little workout so I would have a positive report back. Overall it went okay; I feel great that it’s over, that’s for sure! I may have also been motivated by these leftovers from dinner last night, waiting for me when I got home:
I fixed this “Buffalo Chicken Quinoa” recipe last night after finding it on Iowa Girl Eats’ blog.
By the way, I’ve always said “fixed dinner” and B likes to ask me if it dinner was, in fact, broken. HA. Okay, whatever, maybe I don’t always speak proper English but I’m fine with it. Add it to the list of “Midwestern habits I’ll never drop”.
Because I am the diligent little runner/recover-er that I am (or want to be), the rest of my day will consist of this:
…as well as laundry, packing, and debating whether I should attempt to bring The Stick in my carry-on for my flight tomorrow. I need it…but I don’t want to be stopped at security unnecessarily/have it confiscated (the horror!!).
I don’t check bags. I just don’t. So you can see my dilemma.
I need hill workout tips! Do you have any? What do your hill workouts look like? Have you ever brought The Stick on a plane? (Could that be a sequel to “Snakes on a Plane”?)