I decided that I wanted to try to run hills, either a designated hill workout or a really hilly route, at least once a week.
I have to keep telling myself this
I mentioned earlier in the week how Mike and I were planning on running the Freezeroo race this weekend, well we didn't. I didn't register us and I just wasn't feeling it, plus it was a good 1.4 miles longer than we were supposed to run on Saturday (the Hearnish 10K is actually 6.385 miles).
Well that didn't mean that I couldn't just make a route using most of the race course and adding a little bit extra to make it 9 miles.
Two grade 5 hills!
The route is extremely hilly, but there are some nice downhills. One exciting thing is that I ran the HUGE hill at 10:30 pace this year compared to the 11:00 pace I ran it during the race last year. I also ran the 9 miles at 9:33 pace overall and I did the 10K last year at 9:49 pace, I'll take it! Mike killed our workout today and ran a 15K (he ran back looking for me one time when I didn't do exactly what we were supposed to) at 9:10 pace.
Now, why are we doing so many workouts that include hills? Well other than the fact that they make you stronger and faster, we are doing a lot of hilly races this year.
Around the Bay 30K (the last part is hilly) - March
Seneca7 77.7 Mile Relay - April
Flower City Half Marathon - April
Musselman Triathlon (our 70.3) - July
Mount Desert Island Marathon - October
Last year I really wanted to run sub-9 minute pace as much as possible during Seneca7 but it just didn't happen. It didn't help that I was sick, but the hills were killer.
Running my second leg which was completely uphill
Mike's second leg had a HUGE hill, he's using his hand to show the incline
This year I want to CRUSH those hills.
Plus, running a marathon that is pretty much constant hills requires us to train on hills. I don't want to completely fall apart during my hometown marathon!
Here are some articles about hill training that you might find interesting:
Can Hill Running Make You Faster? - Runner's World
Hill Running Made Easy - Active.com
Exercises for Hill Running - Livestrong.com
7 Hill Running Workouts That Increase Power - Active.com
Do you try to incorporate hills in your training?