This morning, I turned off my alarm at 5:05 and then finally got out of bed at 6. (It ended up being a good thing.) I was hoping to do a 3 mile run followed by some hill repeats but I ended up skipping the 3 miles and going right for the hill repeats given my late start. My boyfriend and I had agreed to do this workout together, so I jogged to the bottom of a nearby hill to warm up and then did 10 repeats with him. Well, not technically with him because he’s hella fast. But we started each repeat together. 🙂
- 1/2 way up the hill – 5x
- 3/4 of the way up the hill – 3x
- all the way up the hill – 2x
After each run up, I would walk or gently jog back down and recover until I fully had my breath back. I ended up doing 2.5 miles total, including the walking/jogging back. Brookstown is a pretty long hill for repeats and it gets steeper the further up you go, i.e. it’s a monster.
I have always had a hard time building muscles in my hamstrings and glutes, and everything I’ve read about running says the best strength training for these areas for runners is to hit the hills. So, I’m planning to alternate weeks between track workouts and hill repeats. Should be fun. 🙂
Oh, and the good thing about sleeping late? I would have been absolutely beat if I’d tried to run 3 miles before the hill repeats.
Do you do hill repeats? If so, what’s your tactic for them? Short & more of them? Longer and just a few?
If you don’t do hill repeats, I won’t ask why because I know the answer: they are freaking hard. 😉 Yes, this is true. I agree. But I also kind of secretly like them because the time goes by so fast!