Listen up folks, when I say that I ran hills it's pretty serious stuff. We have a park here in Nashville that runners like to use for all sorts of hardcore hill training. I've been running the 6-mile loop for several years now, but I'm still an 11.2 mile loop virgin (though I plan to change that sometime very soon!).
There's a reason why Lee Greenwood sings in "God Bless America" the lines about "from the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee..." If Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, then Tennessee is the land of 10,000 hills.
I did surprisingly well considering I had to take time off from running for an injury and have only been running on flat terrain since my return to running. There's this one stretch of hill on the loop where you climb for a little over half a mile. That's a long time to run up with no relief!
I've made it all the way up before, but there have been plenty of occasions where I needed to take a break before continuing on. Yesterday? I kept waiting for my heart to reach that point where I felt like I better walk so that I could continue to breathe, but it never happened. Before I knew it, I was at the top! I continued on with topping hill after hill (I swear it feels like you go up more than down on this path) until it was time to coast down to the end. 6ish miles in an hour. Yay!
I had really wanted to run 9 miles, so I came home and ran another 3 in about 30 minutes. I'm feeling like running a 10-miler in 2 weeks isn't going to be too difficult. I'm also excited that I'm feeling confident about starting my 16-week training plan for the Chicago marathon in about 2 weeks.
My shins are a little sore today, which I am sure is from running hills for the first time in months. I won't run again until Tuesday so I've got time to baby them a bit.
In lieu of taking a nap post-run, I went to the pool with some girlfriends. It's the first time I've put on my swim suit this year, and even though I haven't been as hard core about my fitness lately, it was nice to feel confident putting it on. That's one of the many things I love about running.
Hope everyone has been having a lovely weekend!