The Road Less Traveled is a Hill

Hills tell you the truth:  I can run as many miles as I want in a week, or a month, but until I haul my butt up a 6% + grade for a mile or more, I don’t really know where my fitness level is.

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Up Into the HIlls

Hills are Humbling: My training took to the hills today.  A young whipper-snapper on a mountain bike passed me up near a crest.  I called out that I would race him to the top.  I sprinted up the last 1/8 of a mile and beat him.  Sounds like a good story, but it actually we were both going pretty slow and I was sucking wind afterwards.

Rolling Hills

Why Run HIlls?: I ran the San Francisco Marathon last year and experienced 3.5 miles of 3% grade starting at mile 13.  Next year, the Big Sur Marathon has 2 miles of 4.7% grade at mile 10.   If I don’t train on hills, I will fail on the hills.

Elevation Profile, The San Francisco Marathon
Elevation Profile, The San Francisco Marathon

 There are no garbage miles running up hills on a summer day.   Any day I choose to run towards a hill is better for my self-esteem than one where I run away from the hill.  Ultimately, hills are the road less traveled, and they make all the difference.

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The Road Less Traveled is a Hill

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