My workout today was HARD.
For Week 6/Day 1, the running segments are 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile, and 1/2 mile with a 1/4 mile recovery walk between each. Not so bad, especially after 2 consecutive miles, last week. So, I decided to make it bad.
It was brutal. During the last running segment, I hit a big hill and could barely get one leg in front of the other. I screamed at myself not to stop. I reminded my tired, tired, tired self that I have not stopped to walk once in 5 weeks. At the very top of the hill, I admittedly took a couple of steps that could be defined as “walking” but I immediately pushed myself back into a super slow jog. I reached the crest and miraculously picked up the pace. Thank you, Britney.
I was really happy with this pace considering how challenging the route was. I remember trying to run up the gentle incline at the top of my street a couple years ago and feeling like I was being waterboarded. Today wasn’t nearly that bad but I was beyond tired when I got home.
Spent some time stretching out with Merlin’s assistance.
And then I went to Dailey Method. Because I’m a lunatic.
Okay, runners. What’s your hill strategy? Slow down so you can maintain your pace? Power through them to feel like a monster? Yell at your self and Britney Spears?