First real live outdoor hill workout accomplished. (PS I do have a killer hill workout here for the treadmill if you want to check it out).
You would think that I would have remembered to charge my garmin after it died during yesterday’s run but once again, I did not.
Luckily I had my phone with me and used Strava to record my run but I am never sure how accurate it is.
Isn’t it annoying when you drive up the hill that you ran and wonder why you thought it was so hard? I promise it doesn’t look steep but coming from my sea level lungs and flat running surface only running legs, running this hill was hard.
The workout was:
20 minute warm-up (running at a 7:35ish pace)
Hill repeats: 8 times on a moderately sloped hill (6% grade) lasting 60 seconds with the jog back down the hill as recovery. The effort for going up will be hard, but not all out.
20 minute cool-down (running at a 7:30ish pace)
The biggest thing for me to successfully run up a hill fast(ish) is to pump my arms hard. It is impossible (for me) to keep running slow if my arms are pumping hard. Your legs will follow your arms, keep them moving.
Some more tips for running hills: Take shorter strides with a fast turnover, keep your head and eyes looking ahead (not down but not all the way up the hill), lean slightly forward!
My nieces watch Brooke’s baby monitor when she is napping and if she moves then they think she is awake and go on in and wake her up:)
I didn’t even have to teach her how to use the camera for Brooke’s photoshoot.
Lunch was a salad with rotisserie chicken (the best), frozen veggies (heated up) and sweet baby ray’s for dressing. Triscuits are good but Triscuits with string cheese are really good.
Name that movie:
I am working on a “Run Happy” playlist! I would love it if you would submit your ultimate “Run Happy” songs choices and create a Spotify playlist perfect for those long summer runs. Once I get them all in I will send Brooks some of them and they will create a master playlist that they will feature on the Brooks blog!!!