The run with the short and fast hill reps

Official training – day 3. Hills, hills, hills today. Well, eight short fast hill reps but writing ‘hills’ eight times felt a bit excessive.

Hills sessions are a bit like marmite, you either love them or hate them.

The thought of doing them fills me with a mild sense of dread but once I’m out I quite like the structure.

Today’s session was 15 minutes easy running to warm up, a run fast up the hill for 30 seconds and then jog down (about 45 seconds for me) eight times followed by 15 minutes easy running get home. I think this was a session that was in a Runner’s World marathon training plan. I ran the whole session across three and a half miles.

I’m impressed that I managed to pace myself fairly consistently so that I reached the same point up the hill each rep. Or at least I thought I had until I looked at my data, those peaks aren’t quite hitting the top spot at the same point but nevermind. It’s been ages since I have done a hills session so I’m still pleased over all.

On the plus side my cadence graph looks pretty. Although I’m not sure that exactly what I’m supposed to take from it!

I even managed to get a PR, second and third medal on Strava. How many times do you need to run a section to get Local Legend status…asking for a friend.

Tomorrow it’s 6 miles easy running, which I’m quite looking forward to.

Breaking training down one session at a time definitely makes it feel less daunting.

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