They say it’s the simple things in life, right? It certainly has been the simplest of things that are making this a great week for me.
For one, I enjoyed two nights of going to bed, not only going to bed, but falling asleep by 8:30pm. I know that sounds uber lame, but this is my highest mileage week in my training for the Tucson Marathon and I am so so SO tired!
This morning, I enjoyed my usual run with my running friends around Grays Lake. They were so encouraging and kind to me as I aired my frustrations with my hill repeats. Not only were they encouraging me and pointing out the progress I’ve made, they shared some research on the topic they’ve delved into. Dre is currently reading Scott Douglas’s “Little Red Book of Running“. She paraphrased his philosophy (disclaimer, I have not read the book and am summarizing what I think I heard during the run this morning, so I apologize if it’s a little off 🙂 ) on hill repeats. She told me the goal is to run as fast and furious as you can up a steep hill for about 10-15 seconds. Then recover. If you run downhill and are still breathing heavy, take extra time to fully recover between each set before hurling yourself up that hill again. If it’s a steady, long hill, give yourself 30-60 seconds to power up it and then, again, take your time to recover. The benefit apparently is in the short burst of speed and pushing yourself for that short amount of time. Not on the distance of the hill you’re trying to climb. So, maybe I’ve got it wrong? Maybe my winding, long, steady hill isn’t in fact the ideal hill? Or maybe I’m making excuses for myself here. There are so many different philosophies, it’s mind-boggling to figure out what to do.
I have to say though, my favorite piece of advice that I came across in looking up Scott Douglas today is this:
“In the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot. In the second half, don’t be a wimp.”
Actually, that sounds like advice I can also apply to my hill repeats :).