A Reason to Run: Tackling my First Hill Run | Community Spirit
Journal of a Distance Runner (Thursday April 26th 2012)
Have you ever tried to run up a hill? It’s not as easy as it looks.
At first, you think, “yeah, I can totally do this.”
After a few feet, you suddenly realize how steep you’re actually climbing.
I was surprised last week when my trainer told me to not only run up a 600 meter hill, but do it 7 times.
Let me tell you one things about hill runs, they stink.
But everyone tells me their worth it.
At first I thought, “you guys are crazy. No way in heck can this be worth it.”
I soon realized how beneficial they can be.
Just a few days ago I was handed a map of the marathon route.
On race day I’m set to encounter a handful of nasty looking monoliths of destruction.
My knees are trembling already.
At that moment I thought to myself, it’s probably a good idea to try a few hills out before the day of the race.
Luckily, the hill runs are only once a week.
So 6 days out of 7 I can live a normal life.
But as soon as Thursday comes around, I quickly slip into a crazy state of mind.
One that can handle any incline that mother nature throws my way.
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