Day 101: #Hill training in the cold takes my breath away (that and almost choking on gum)!

Hill at Lake Bonavista Downs Tonight was hill training. It was brutal. (This is the hill before winter hit. Just picture grayscale; dark/gloomy with very little Christmas lights…) Instead of doing it for endurance, tonights training was developed so that the runner keeps “race” speed the entire time. We all know that I don’t really have “race” speed, so I tried as best I could to keep my intervals under my usual hill training pace. I haven’t had time to look back and review, but I do think it is a little bit faster.

At any rate, training was as follows: one minute up hill at race pace, and one minute back down. Repeat x 10.

I should have prefaced this by saying that today is cheat day and I have eaten three pieces of fudge, two cookies, chicken strips and fries and two jujubes. So as you can see, I wasn’t kind to my body in terms of fuelling up properly, but hey, we only live once and if the world should end this week, I didn’t want to waste a cheat day!

I pumped my arms as fast as I could but I don’t think it did me any good. I had a belly full of junk. Maybe I should try the whole fasting before a workout?

Anyway, here are tonights stats:Day 101 HILL Training Lake Bonavista

  • Distance: 3.49 km
  • Time: 22:04
  • Pace: 6:20
  • Best Pace: 4:57


Day 91: Hills.

Yesterday was a very busy day. I was up bright and early, out the door before 8 a.m., did some work and headed over to the World Sledge Hockey Challenge at Canada Olympic Park for a volunteer shift. Once I finished the first shift, I snuck back home ate and you guessed it, got out and completed some hill training. It wasn’t too bad. It was bitter cold of course, but I made it through. There was very little ice on the sidewalks (it warmed up above 0 the other day, so most of it melted). I completed eight (8) 250 meter intervals uphill and 250 m downhill for a total of 4km. My paces weren’t very quick on either end, but I’m okay with that. I’m not a bit sore today and I pushed myself enough to feel my lungs burn. I chose a relatively steep hill in another neighbourhood. I feel like the same bus went by several times while I was doing hills. Bus driver in shock that someone would willingly do that to themselves (or he was scared I might collapse).

Anyway, I have to cut this short. I’ve got a lot to do this weekend (I was heading to bed two hours ago).

Hope everyone is happy and well out there!

P.S I have been doing planks and push ups, though I haven’t been diligent enough to tweet it… I’m still with you Runninbear!

Here are yesterdays stats:


Day 24: 4 x 250m Hills – Ouch. Oh yeah, with a stroller!

Today was hill training. With the worlds best running buddy – my 19 month old son. So pushing a stroller uphill is as painful as it sounds. Very few hills intimidate me, but I have to admit, it is the small, steep ones I hate the most. They never look too bad and don’t feel terrible until you’re about half-way done. We started out at Weaselhead Flats and ran counter-clockwise so went downhill first. It was really windy and cold but after about two minutes, I was sweating. Felix didn’t mind the hill training – he just took everything in while eating cheerios. We saw a lovely couple out for a walk – the man was teasing me when I came down the hill for the third time “AGAIN!” he would say. It was cute. Once we finished the 4 intervals, we did a 0.5km jog to cool down. The whole thing took less than 20 minutes but I feel more tired that I do after longer runs.

I think running hills is completely a mental game. So rather than stare at the top of the hill, I watch the ground. I shorten my stride. Make a conscious effort to breath steady and give’r! When coming down, I also make a conscious effort to continue strong, steady breathing and also, ensuring I don’t get going too fast so that (a) I don’t get a stitch and (b) I don’t fall.

For my first crack at hill training it went pretty well, though it’s not easy and my lungs burned. Hope as the weeks go on it gets easier. Would love to hear what other people do to train on hills.

Here are the stats: 

  • o.25 km downhill
  • 0.25 km uphill
  • o.25 km downhill
  • 0.25 km uphill
  • o.25 km downhill
  • 0.25 km uphill
  • o.25 km downhill
  • 0.25 km uphill
  • 0.50 km cool down jog

My ankle was feeling pretty good today. Definitely believe giving my legs a second rest day was helpful. Hoping to do some yoga tonight to get a good stretch in. Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday!