What I think she also meant is that running is the greatest metaphor for hill training: because you get out of it what you put into it.
I have been pushing myself pretty hard to make sure I put in the kind of training I need just to cross the dang finish line at the Cabot Trail Relay Race (let’s not get carried away with trying to get a decent time.) But…
Today I ran an 8km at lunchtime; all hills. (Pictures below)
It was definitely one of the toughest runs I’ve had in a while and I am definitely taking it easy tonight but I am so happy with the results.
My splits were pretty incredible for me, especially after the winter we’ve just had and how my runs have been going. They ranged from a 5:34 to a 6:35 – ironically, the 6:35 was on the downhill while I was trying to catch my breath. Seeing as the cut-off for the CTRR is a 6:00/km, I am pretty happy I am close to it, though I don’t know how this will pan out on the actual race day.
Overall, the run was really good as far as I’m concerned. I finished it with about a 6:08/km average and I’m happy with that.
Here are some shots from google maps: