Monday, August 8th 2011: 4 miles of hills @ 9:59 minutes per mile. I found a big hill. Early in the morning. Then I ran up and down it. For four miles. I'm working on having more of a purpose for each of my runs. No more messing around if I'm really going to shoot for a marathon PR this year. I only had one chunky burp the whole time! Sweet.
Tuesday, August 9th 2011: The local high school finished construction of a brand new track which is gorgeous. My first run on the new track couldn't have been better. I did six Yasso 800's with my times being: 3:54, 3:41, 3:39, 3:43, 3:36, and I tempted vomit with my last 800 @ 3:25. It was a very happy morning and I can't wait to spend more time here!
Wednesday, August 10th 2011: 22 mile bike ride in 1 hour & 27 minutes (average 15.2 mph). I did the Sand Hollow Loop clockwise which I think is much harder. I was feeling manly though so I manned up and went clockwise.
I was averaging 16.8 mph until the last stretch of road that has some overly manly hills. It's rough because first you reach the Baby Hill (which isn't much of a baby). Then you reach the Mama Hill. And its a big mama. By the time you reach the top of the Mama Hill you are ready to lay down on the side of the road and suck your thumb.
But once you reach the top of that, you are on the highway to the danger zone (thank you Kenny Loggins and Top Gun). You reach the Papa Hill and find out how manly you really are. So I took it right into the danger zone, the big daddy hill which is named Widowmaker:
I survived the danger zone, although when all was said and done my average mph dropped from 16.8 to 15.2. It has been a great week so far, and only one more day until the Midnight Half Marathon. Stay tuned!
Do you do hill work as part of your marathon training?
Never done much myself but I'm going to add a weekly hill training to prepare for a few big upcoming marathons. I think it will really help.