Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Hills - Friend or Foe
This morning I finished my first hill session of the year. Up till October last year I had been faithfully running hills every Thursday morning with the squad. But OTS = No hills so it has been a hill-hiatus for 6 months.
I have to say that I was a little nervous about the session. I've never been good at hills, even after running them for two years. But I figured what was the worst that could happen (apart froma heart-attack and death). Maybe I'd have to walk a little. It's not really that big of a deal.
Coach Chris was kind when he planned the session. It was 6 loops of a 1k hilly circuit where there's about equal amounts of ups and downs. The first loop felt okay - 4:44. The next lap was in reverse and must have had less ascent and more descent - 4:22. Lap 3 was 4:44 - pretty much the same as lap 1 (same direction too) Lap 4 - 4:37 (oops starting to slow) and lap 5 - 4:48 (That one really hurt!)
At that point Chris pulled me out. It was my first time back after all and I still have a 16k-er to go on Saturday.
I'm feeling the session now - five hours later. There are muscles in there that haven't worked for a while and they're complaining. There's every chance that I'm going to be walking like an octagenarian in the morning. But I don't care - I'm just grateful to be able to do them at all.