Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hills! Hills!

This morning's menu included gingerbread coffee and a small taste of some hills! I was a little worried because it has been months since I last did any hill work. In fact, it would have been back in March or April - the last time I used a Higdon plan (training for the Cinco de Mayo Half). I have my "special" hill that I use - 130 feet of elevation gain in 1/4 mile - a 9.8% grade. Here's a photo from this morning:


I put in a two mile warm up, 3 charges up the hill, and a one mile warm down for a total of 4 and half miles. My heart ended up reaching 170 bpm on my third hill, which really means I should be pushing a little harder if I expect to hit my max of 185!
On tap tomorrow - a scheduled rest day. Whew! I can get my blog reading caught up!

16 comments:

  1. How funny! I had a hill day today and posted about it! Not so much hilly but lots of hill sprints. It was hard but the payoff is huge! Are you running in Oceanside on Thursday?

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  2. Good job on that hill! How did you know what kind of hill work to do? I've always wondered about that...

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  3. Woo! That's quite a hill. Way to conquer it! I always hate doing hill work while in the process, but after, I feel like a superhero. Hope you felt the same. Good job, Glenn!

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  4. By the way, YOU CAN qualify for Boston and do it! It's so worth it!!

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  5. That hill does not look fun! lol I realized I like running the hills in the dark because then i dont know how much farther i have to go - i just run!

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  6. nice job for your first day back (to the hills)! next time you'll have to torture yourself a little harder to up the hr ;) (hooray!)

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  7. Thanks for the kind words yesterday. I love running hills, when I can run. They truly do build character and stamina.

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  8. Way to go man! I need to do some hill workouts and I know the perfect spot. "On the course where I did my last 5K" Enjoy the coffee buddy. I have a keurig coffee maker and get le packs sometimes of different coffee. They have some amazing kinds. Drink and Enjoy. Have a great day!

    "To Endure is the Essence of Running"

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  9. Ugh. Hills. I have a love/hate relationship with them. Good job on tackling them. That gingerbread coffee sure sounds yummy. I think I need to do a drive by to Tj's and pick me up some.

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  10. Which reminds me, I need to get in some hills...

    Nice job!

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  11. Ouch!

    I am hurting just looking at that hill!

    Way to go!

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  12. Nice work. Never like hills.

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  13. I quit hills :( I don't know how you do it - they are soooo hard!

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  14. I haven't done a hill run in quite a while. I'm sure they'd just kick my...

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  15. Yeah that looks like a hefty hill, alright! And I think your photo does the hill justice, which I find is always hard to do!

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