The workout for today?
Hills, man….In a race I battle the hill. I can’t tell you how many people I pass that walk the hills as I trot up the hill. I get to the top, mentally throw my hands in the air, give a “Thank God!” Just to get passed by the person that walked them, who is now rested trying to make up some lost time.
Or in the Tough Mudder – I swear – my teammates and I were joking how the course felt like an M.C. Escher painting – some sort of optical illusion where all you did was go up hill.
I am not muddy yet in this photo, but do you see all those hills behind me? We ran up them all.
On a side note – no, the moose hat was not my idea. Yes, I am a good sport.
It was a 10 mile course with 20 obstacles. Those 10 miles were up hill. Okay. Maybe just 9.5 miles of the 10, but it was substantial. I told a team member, “I have run marathons, and I have never been this winded running because of all these hills.
In both cases, if I were to focus on my hill workouts I would fare better in my races.
Finally! A BIG positive for the treadmill!
Same mileage expectation for me. Today was a 5 mile day with in house cross training after. On hill day, that is 5 miles of hills, Program 2 on my Sole F63. I have allergies or some sort of sinus thing going on today, so I felt like I had a ticket to skip it (the workout that is). I knew I would be a mental wreck if I skipped my workout. So I set my max speed at 6.0 mph.
In the beginning and the end, I bump up the mph to 6.0 mph.
What is that? The beauty of a treadmill hill workout! I can change the incline or the speed to keep me on the mill and keep going.
Then I do their workout. The belt changes it’s mph to 4.5-6.0, the incline changes from 0-5. I do the hill workout for 1 hour, so every 3 minutes the speed or elevation changes.
Another beauty of a treadmill hill workout. This automatic fluctuation – this VARIATION – is enough to keep my mind and body occupied as I go.
I am a sweaty mess when I am done = A GREAT WORKOUT.
Active.com also talks about the pluses of doing a treadmill hill workout here. Worth a gander!
But when it comes down to it – I have only raced 2 races ( I think) that were labeled as a “Fast Course” aka, no hills. Hills are a part of every race. And I can get myself up them, I can pass the hill walkers and then we can both meet up at the bottom. Or, I can hill train, pass this hill walkers and stay ahead. In short –
HILLS ARE A PART OF ANY RACE. THE MORE I TRAIN ON THEM THE BETTER I WILL RACE ON THEM.