28 March 2012


After not having run for 3 days, the hill workout on the schedule for today sounded a bit intimidating, but that worry disappeared very quickly. James and I met up at Richard's house to run a 1 mile warm-up to the bottom of "puke hill" on the Cotton Row 10K race course. My training plan called for 12 hill repeats and while I was perfectly fine settling for 10, James "convinced" me that we should do 12 as originally planned.

At 6AM, the temps were already in the low 60s and I think it would be fair to say that once again, we are skipping spring and heading straight into summer. My legs felt pretty good after the warm-up mile, but I wanted to make sure I didn't start the first repeat too fast. My goal was to start slow, but not too slow and to keep my pace either steady throughout or to slightly increase my pace over the course of the repeats. As James counted down our repeats and we approached the twelfth and final repeat, I decided to see one again how fast I could run the last repeat if I really pushed. I beat my previous best by 6 seconds, running the final hill in 52 seconds after averaging around 73 seconds per repeat. Overall, it was another great workout and I feel like I'm just about recovered from my recent races.

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