There was a catch however... the plan was for 10 x 1 min steep hill climbs instead. Gulp. Ever heard that expression that hills are speedwork in disguise?!
Pretending to be unfazed, I jogged down to the park, found a steep hill and bounded up it. This was fun! I even chose a track with tree roots to dodge over and daydreamed I was in a trail race:
|The tree roots were really knarly towards the top!|
Abandoning the mountain goat idea, I moved around to another slope covered in grass. Here the traction was better and I could run up with less effort:
My quads and lungs gradually recovered, my pace picked up, and I
|(guess which colour shows elevation)|
I actually do know the answer to that question. Crazy people like me, and if you are reading this maybe you too, who run because it never fails to make us us feel good. It can take a while to warm up and get going, but I almost always finish a run feeling miles better than when I started, not just physically but mentally too. And I can confirm that a few steep hill climbs certainly do the trick!
|My hill, aka Bayfield Park, from the boardwalk through Hukanui Reserve|
Do you have steep hill climbs in your routine?
Or pretend you are in a race when you're really not?