Hill Repeats

Hill. Repeats.

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.

Okay, it doesn't LOOK that big here. But I swear it is! It goes up around that corner, too.

Keys to hill running from Runner’s World 

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.

This extremely flattering photo represents how I felt post-hill...totally out of shape!

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:

This may look like a bunch of mush, but it is OH SO GOOD.

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:

Weeee foam rolling!

…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”?) 

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  1. March 28, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    I have not brought my stick on the plane but I think it should be okay right?

    I have the same compression socks! TWINS

    • March 28, 2012 / 3:06 pm

      You would think! But someone was telling me that they had theirs confiscated because TSA said it looked like something you could “hit people with” (their words not mine) haha! How ridiculous is that.

  2. March 28, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    I like your pink compression socks :). I’ve never tried them but yours are pretty rockin’ and I think if I got some I’d get pink.

    Way to go with hammering the hills! Yep that’s what I call it!!

    • March 30, 2012 / 10:19 am

      Hammer those hills! I like it! You should definitely try compression socks, they are so comfortable in my opinion!

  3. misszippy1
    March 29, 2012 / 9:17 am

    Funny b/c I’ve wondered about bringing the stick on a plane before too–not sure! Hill repeats make you strong, so stay with it. You don’t have to sprint them; just focus on running them at a good effort and recovering on the way back down. Try to add one/week until you get up to about 8-10. You’ll adapt and it will happen sooner than you expect.

    • March 30, 2012 / 10:21 am

      You know, I was wondering if I should be sprinting them all out or not. Thanks for the tip! I’m trying to add more hills into my daily runs too. I want to dominate hills!! :)

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