In my quest to get faster I’ve started including hill repeats in some of my runs. Incorporating hill repeats, for me, was a big step. In the past I’ve generally avoided hills like the plague. I had no real desire to climb them. Now that I want to get faster I know that one way to do this is to push myself when my muscles are a bit fatigued so that they get used to the idea that they still have to perform when they would rather sit back and have a glass of wine.
My first day of hill repeats wasn’t half as bad as I’d expected. I left my house bright and early and ran over to my chosen hill to start. The slow jog over helped me loosen up and get my mind ready for the dreaded hill. The first few times up the hill felt great! It felt so good to pound the pavement on the way up and slowly trot back down. About halfway through my legs were starting to feel tired. I could feel the workout on my quads especially. I knew that this was the time when I really had to push myself. I needed to run the second half of my hill repeats the best I could. This was the time when I’d be helping myself to build my body for more speed.
When I reached the bottom of the hill before my final climb I told myself there was just one more and to go for it. So I pushed off from the ground as forcefully as I could determined for my last hill to be as fast as my first. I don’t time myself so I have no idea if I was truly as fast, but it felt great.
As I trotted back down for the last time I was happy I’d finished and could feel that slight ache in my muscles that told me they had definitely been pushed. My muscles were getting stronger.
I’m still aiming to finish the NYC Marathon in November in under 5 hours so there will be many more hill repeats and interval training in my future. I’m sure some of my speed work will be better than other times, but I’m planning to enjoy as much of it as I can. Who knows, maybe I can find a friend to come run those hills with me. That would be fun!