It's the start of week 2. 1 week down, 17 to go til we pound the pavement for 26 miles.
When looking at a week, I have quickly learned to compartmentalize things into short runs and long runs. I have to say one of our favorite topics of conversation on runs is future runs and planning.
This week we have 3 short runs, all 3 miles, and then our long run this weekend is 7.
Of course we want to challenge ourselves as we train to improve speed, endurance, mental fatigue, etc. So we usually choose one short run to change it up a bit, by doing speed work, hill work, fartlek (I know, I was confused at first as well), or a hard cross training. But after a hard week shaking off the dust, we wanted to come into the week slow and then do a speed work tomorrow, then go slow before our long run.
And what did we do today? Had an accidental hill work.
Know your topography!Hill work is the strength training of running. Greater intensity, more muscle work, and a change up in footfall. Its a great work out, but a challenge. But we are all in this for just that right? A challenge? If it were easy, then way more then 0.1% of the world would run marathons...
But as my favorite running partner says "What hurts on this run, will be easier the next time you do it" Even if her quads hate me right now...
I had a blast on those hills. It may have been slow, but it was a blast and felt so good at the end.
See you all on the roads!