Hills. I hate them.
At least I hate having to run up them (they are fairly nice to look at though).
Unfortunately, hill sprints are one of the necessary evils of a training program, especially to get faster. And I need all the help there I can get.
I live in a city situated right next to a mountain, so hills aren’t hard to come by. And basically any run we go on has some uphill.
You would think I would be more accustomed to uphill running.
But I’m not. My hill pace is drastically slower than my flat pace. And this past week, I’ve felt so low on energy anyway (my pace per mile times definitely confirms that).
Yesterday we did hill sprints in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. The foothills themselves are very scenic and very hiker/mountain biker/runner friendly. I really don’t like hanging out in the foothills during the summer months because I have an irrational fear of rattlesnakes. I’ve never actually seen one in the wild, but I know they’re there, and I run much slower because I’m convinced that one is going to drop on me and inject venomous poison into my bloodstream.
But right now it is too cold for rattlesnakes, and I have no good excuse for running as slow as I did.
Because the sun sets just shortly after I get home from work, we’re having to do our intervals the day after our long runs (not so fun) on the weekend when we have daylight. Luckily, next weekend we can go back to doing hill workouts during the week in between recovery runs.
This is my Garmin elevation report. If you’ll notice, Albuquerque is pretty high above sea level. This makes it an ideal place to train. I think it makes hill sprints more miserable than they should be.
I registered for Daily Mile a couple of days ago, and I was really hesitant to put in my workouts this week because I feel like I usually put forth a better effort. I’ve actually been running a lot the last couple of weeks, and somehow I’m getting slower. Even my tempo run (on a treadmill) had me at a 9:35 average pace when I felt like I was maxed out. This doesn’t make too much sense to me.
I don’t really know what’s going on, but it better fix itself fast. I can usually run a race at a minute faster per mile than I do in training, but I don’t know if I can run two minutes faster.
At least Daily Mile tells me how many donuts I can eat per week!
In other news, the USA Indoor Track and Field Team headed to Istanbul last night. I tweeted my BFF Sanya Richards Ross, wishing her good luck (Yikes…I spelled Istanbul wrong in the tweet. Embarrassed. This is why you don’t tweet famous people after hanging out at the winery all afternoon. I thought my phone was supposed to prevent me from doing something like this!).
At 4:12 am this morning (presumably from Istanbul) she responded!
As if I needed a reason to be more obsessed over this lady. Hopefully she doesn’t judge me for not being able to spell foreign cities correctly. She has enough to judge me about with my hill sprint pace.