Wake up hill

I brought Jillian Michaels home this week. She came in a box. Actually, it’s an interval-circuit exercise training program she’s created called -what else?- Hot Bod in a Box. For those who are not sure who the stare-down Queen of Fitness is, Ms. Michaels was one of the trainers on the weight-loss reality program Biggest Loser.

Jillian and I came home after our Wednesday run clinic. That night the rest of us, (without Jillian), ran hills for our clinic workout. It was a  horseshoe-shaped run where you run up one set of hills (yes, set, not just one hill) turn around and run down and up the other side, also laden with hills. Then you turn around and repeat, just in the opposite direction. It wasn’t ideal conditions. I don’t want to complain in front of those of you facing real heat and humidity, but it was warm and that kind of warming where you don’t feel good and sweat weird. I was starting to see stars at one point, but I often don’t feel good pushing hard.

Whenever I want to wimp out on things, my hubby and I joke that I am a delicate flower. I am not, but these girls (and guys) that I run with are hard-core and don’t slow down. I know they are working hard as well, but how come it looks so easy? and they are going faster than me. I remind myself that everyone’s look of pain is different.

It was kinda like this, except not green, not soft, and about 3 more corners to the top.

I am constantly looking for ways to get faster. I research and plan workouts and modify food options. Sometimes all the planning and wondering and painstaking scheming is more tiring than the workouts. I get tired before I do the runs and I forget that this is me-time and that this is my stress-buster and my fun. I make it into a chore and add it to what author Dimity McDowell referred to as “the motherload.” You do so much as a mother, and yet keep adding stuff on.

My latest scheme, along with the swimming (I think it’s increased my lung capacity having to learn to breathe forcibly controlled) is interval training. I don’t do well at speed work (which will come later in the clinic), but I do need something where I have to push myself to a comfortable exertion and keep going. I need to get a new max comfort level. Hills are great for that; it’s probably one of the fastest ways to get stronger and to increase your lung capacity. So, to add to that, this is where I hope some of Jillian Michaels may come in.

How I feel vs what I’m doing. (Image from: http://bikernate.blogspot.ca/)

My double workout on Monday (swim am, run pm) went pretty well, though I don’t have time to do much more than I am doing. Swim was good, but I was tired and felt slower. I’m okay with that as I’m really still just learning to get comfortable with a pace and just want to keep putting in the laps. My pm run was hard to start. It was only 35 min and I kept the pace down, but my legs were a bit more achy. I will need to watch this so I don’t overdo and burn out. This means going slow enough that I am doing a recovery run, not a pacing tempo. It’s also a mental challenge to get out twice, something to get used to.

The next 10 days or so will be tricky with my hubby away and having to go solo with the kids. I’ve scheduled babysitters to cover my clinic runs and solo runs (priorities, right?) but the rest of the juggle can be tiring in its own way.

Wish me luck, and get out and run!

*What hills did you crush (running or otherwise) lately?

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3 thoughts on “Wake up hill

  1. Awesome job on those hills! Thursday mornings we run a 4 mile hilly path at the lake. I have to admit, it’s my favorite run of the week. It comes less than 12 hours after our Wednesday evening semi-long run, so it feels almost like a two-a-day. I love running hills because I can really tell how much stronger and faster they make me. I’d much rather do hills than track workouts.

  2. Hills suck rocks. Not other way to put it. It is mind over matter – left, right.left,right and the burn is universal. Like life. Some days are hills and they really suck. But they make us stronger…

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