Juneathon 13/30 – the hills are alive

After the ups and downs of the Badger 10k I decided that I need to do some hill training. Admittedly I had the same thought after the Bolton 10k. And the Folkestone half. And the Pennington Flash Parkrun. And in fact I have this thought any time that I am faced with anything steeper than say, the Norfolk Broads. This rarely turns into actual hill training though. I say rarely, what I actually mean is never.

Badger 10k elevation – it felt worse than this looks. Especially at the end.

This time I stalled for as long as I could (by reading Everything You Need to Know About Hill Training) but realised that thinking had to turn into doing at some point. Even though I could have already ticked @torsparkle’s suggestion of hill off my treasure list, I’ve been saving it in the knowledge that I will have to do some early morning runs and these would be made easier with some convenient treasure.

Luckily we’re spoilt for choice with hills round here. I had a gentle pootle down to one of my nemesis hills (there has just been the once where I’ve managed to run the whole way up it) and did a set of five 30 second repeats up the hill, aiming at around my 5k race pace as fast as my little legs could carry me. I might have done more, but my early morning insides hadn’t got the memo and a run/walk home was called for…

I’m not quite sure where to go from here, either increasing the number of reps that I do or the length of each interval, especially as this article suggests that a short, sharp 10 second burst can be really effective in improving strength and speed (incidentially, The Guardian recently reported how High-intensity Interval Training helps all sorts of people, but we take that sort of article with a pinch of salt don’t we?). In the meantime, I shall go to yoga, work on my core strength and emerge with a bikini body – results not actually guaranteed.