I didn't even want to run. The Husband was driving me to the trail area, where it is about a mile until it goes uphill - the perfect place to do these repeats. It was so windy and the rain was pouring down. It's not cold - it's Hawaii, but I didn't want to go. He was going to walk The Dog, but he wouldn't be able to in this kind of weather. I said we could just get coffee and I can try later. He refused. He said, 'No. You are going to run.' Thank you so much, Husband! My biggest supporter, willing to sit in the car and wait while I run.
I think today was the first day I did hill repeats 'correctly'. I think every other time they aren't long enough and I just do them until I am tired and give up. On my plan was 7 repeats, of about 200-250 meters. I ended up doing 5. I am happy with this. I decided to change it to 5 because I have been out injured for a little while, and this was my first time doing any sort of hills for quite some time.
I started with a mile warm up, then ran the repeats - I walked and jogged back down the hill to my starting place and started running up the hill again. Then I did about a mile cool down.
When I was running the repeats, I tried to just get up the hill. I didn't try to run it fast, but I did try to run it. Wow - my legs hurt. On the first one I said, how many do I have to do before I can call it a day? I wanted to end on three, then I said the fourth would be my last repeat. Then I thought that wouldn't sound good on paper and pushed it to five. This I am happy with - I think it is a great starting point. It is just over a kilometer uphill, and I can keep improving on this. Next time (either next week or the week after) I will try for six, possible seven repeats.
From my Garmin:
As much as this run hurt, I feel great now. I cannot wait to keep pushing myself and see my times improve.