Did I mention that yesterday was hell hill training day?
Well before I tell you how it went, let me share an email that I received yesterday from my TNT Coach to get me pumped:
And, so it begins. It’s time for HILL TRAINING!!!! I know that all of you just can’t wait to get started. I’m not going to lie to you, hill training is an intense workout. I want you to push yourselves. You may not like me very much at the time, but come event day you will be thanking me, I promise. As a great coach of mine would always say, “Hills are a training opportunity.” The training is designed to help you to improve strength, endurance, and speed. I hope to see you all out there.
What a way to get psyched about running up hills.
But he is right, hills are a training opportunity and come game day I will be so glad that I went out into the blistering heat to run hill repeats with my TEAM.
So the TEAM met up at the most hilly park in Boise, called Camel’s Back park. It’s humpy like a camel. 🙂
We started our run by doing a half mile warm up through some trails. I was already dying by the end of the warm-up and can honestly say I was really intimidated by the big hill we were supposed to climb 3 times after.
I took a deep breath and began the uphill battle.
I huffed and puffed and reached the top. Whew! Running down was my favorite part.
I managed 3 hill repeats without dying. I looked to my TNT friend Jen and said, “wanna do one more?” and of course she said “yeah!”.
So I overachieved and did 4 total hill repeats followed by a cool down run that was the same as the warm-up.
It ended up being right around 3 miles of running total.
What I am learning in this process of marathon training, is to push myself. Every new distance I run and every big hill I climb, it’s just one more battle I have conquered.
I had no idea when I started training for this that I would be conquering so many fears. It’s almost daily that I am forced to tell myself that It’s going to be okay, and that afterwards I am going to so much stronger.
What do you tell yourself to get through the workouts/runs that seem impossible at the time?