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Training: October 8, 2009 October 8, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Training.
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Distance: 4.1 miles
Time: 36:42
Pace: 8:57 mile
Hill work: 2 miles @ 22:45

It was a gorgeous day and perfect for a run. Inspired by Yasmin’s photo essay, I decided to pack a small camera but without a pack, I slung it around my wrist and held it the whole time. It wasn’t as terrible as I thought it’d be and it’s kind of nice to take photos on long runs.

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Since today called for some hill work, I did my usual Brentwood loop and made sure I finished near the two hills which I planned on using as my track. These are actually the hills I had stumbled upon previously and it’s very convenient having a multitude of training terrains nearby!

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Franklin St. Hill.

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Berkeley St. Hill.

Running up and down hills is extremely repetitive (up down up down), not to mention fairly painful. After the first hill, my thighs were burning. And my calves. And my lungs.

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Me, exhausted.

Luckily, toward the end, it actually got easier and as of yet, I’m not feeling any permanent aches or pains. Good sign! And if I train properly, I’m hoping I get to the point where I can basically sprint up these babies without huffing and puffing.

My schedule calls for only one day of hill training, but it’s apparently important because it builds strength and speed muscles, something that flat terrain running doesn’t do. To get faster, a runner must train on hills. But that whole topic is for another day and another post.

Tomorrow: much needed rest!


Find my run log here.

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Comments»

1. yas - October 9, 2009

I love it! (:

Hill workouts are tough. Don’t you love it though, when you hit a flat stretch after a steep one? I always feel like I’m flying!

RJL - October 9, 2009

Yes, definitely. Hitting the peak of a hill is an amazing feeling!


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