Saturday, December 27, 2014

A different kind of Training Day

I love starting the day with a run (no matter how long or short it is) and enjoying the tranquility of nature in the morning. When I arrived at the running route even the hills seemed to be asleep...

This morning I did another short run without intervals. It was approximately 1.5 miles with three hills. I know my body must be in shock after doing hill work for the past 2 days (in addition to cutting out my intervals), but change is good. I'm definitely working different muscles and targeting different areas. Hopefully this will help to improve my running form...

This morning's run was with my brother-in-law to-be (Del) and he was very deliberate about focusing on form. After the first 1.5 mile loop of running, we did about a mile (give or take) of drills, which included: hill sprints, high knees & walking backwards downhill (good for your calves and gentle on your knees).

After the drills my knee needed a break so Del ran another loop while I stayed to stretch and massage my lower hamstring muscle & tendons...

I think I'm falling in love with hill work. I really thought I would dread it after one or two sessions but I still want to get out there and do more (after I rest my knee for a day or so). Since Florida is pretty much flat (and that's where I have to get 98% of my training done) I will have to try and find a way to get some "pseudo-hill work" done when I get back home.

The rest of my day has been spent doing some work for the two online classes I will be teaching. One starts on Monday the 29th so I've been doing the last minute prep work for the first few weeks of the course. And later I'm going out with my siblings and cousins. I'm really looking forward to having a great time with them tonight (party pics will be in the post tomorrow!)

Have a great Saturday!

Does anyone have a specific hill training workout they do? Comment to share it please :)

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