Workout – 7 miles. hills. I switched up the rest days because of the long run on Friday. Technically today should have been restful, but yesterday was instead. Today the hills were calling and I answered. I had the very bright idea to get a hill run in before church today. I was very excited about it. I ran 1 mile to the hill, 5 miles of uphill and downhill. they go together. and 1 mile run home. My garmin was giving me attitude, probably because I left it behind the other day. sorry garmin. I’ll be nice to you. if you promise not to not do your garmin thing after I start running. much appreciated. I can’t figure out how to just post the pictures of the different little maps on my garmin connect, so I took a pic of the screen. so clever. (feel free to clue me in, if anyone knows)
Ok. There are a lot of jagged up and down lines, makes me think I conquered that hill. but after looking at the actual “hill” on this, and the elevation, I realize that the hill that felt like a small beast running up, really might not have been the biggest hill in the world. in fact it really was a very tiny hill according to my garmin. but I did it 4 times. and a hill is a hill. kind of, but not really. my husband would beg to differ on that one – mr. ultramarathon husband guy. he’s done some “hills”. today it was a hill for me. it’s a start. I have never really done hill training. I’ve done hilly runs, but I like the idea of going to a hill and killing it. on the hill. whether it be lots of elevation gain or little bits. Understood, I have completely overused the word HILL in this paragraph. my apologies. anyway – I’m going to make this a more frequent thing. good stuff. I think it’s one of those necessities in training and gaining speed. it’s a no brainer. You will get faster and stronger. It takes work to get to where you want to be. at the top of the hill or the finish of a marathon before 3 hours.
I REALLY enjoy the “out of the box” running. meaning something different/more challenging than the normal pavement pounding. I think that’s what keeps it fun for me. “fun” and “run”, in the same sentance – interesting concept. It is more fun for me when it’s a challenge. It keeps me from getting bored. *Little hill trick I use – I read it somewhere, and I use it on the smaller hills, mostly (not like the beast I did today. surprised I didn’t get elevation sickness from that 700 foot elevation gain) – the trick is almost like downshifting on a bike (don’t know anything about biking, and I think that’s what it’s called) when you start climbing. except do it with your legs. shorten your stride, A LOT. but go faster. with quicker leg turnover. and lean into the hill slightly. Sometimes I am able to naturally pick up my pace a little bit like this, without feeling like I am doing more work. free advice for you. because you asked.
I refreshed myself with a shake and off to church. the purple and green complement each other well. casual Sunday. I was in the nursery with the babes today. no need to dress up for those little people. little purple running top I snagged at TJ’s yesterday. Sugoi brand. I like that brand.
Birthday Boy!!! My BABY turned 2 today! cliche, but time flies. in kind of a slow way. It feels like ages ago that he was a newborn, but suddenly we are celebrating his 2nd bday. hard to believe.
Moments after birth. I definitely made sure my makeup was done before hitting up L & D to pop that little boy out. priorities. lots of pictures being taken.
Little lion. Less than a week old.
I wanted to make him a little blue truck cake. it was a no go. this cake was soooo good. quick recipe: box of chocolate cake mix, 2 eggs scrambled in a dish, 1 can of cherry pie filling, 12oz bag chocolate chips. mix it all together, bake according to box, but undercook it just enough so it’s moist. frost. with a lot of frosting. eat, with a fork, right off the big plate. That way it doesn’t really count as really having a piece.
Birthday Boy. eating cake.
Hiking with Daddy.
All tuckered out from a long day of being #1.
And I am near comatose from waaaaaaayyyyyyy too much sugar in the form of chocolate cherry cake. reel it in tomorrow.
ps – I made BLT wraps last night for din din.
I made the creamy avocado sauce, from the pasta dish, to put in the wraps. yum. it can be served with many things.
pps – we saw a pet pig on the way home from church today.
That’s a real pig. It had a collar on it and it was eating grass. very strange. dogs just seem so much more cuddly and adorable. and normal.
Do you like hill workouts?
Did/do you have any strange pets? we had gerbils as a kid. I don’t think that is superstrange. maybe a little.
What is your favorite brand of workout clothes – regardless of price?
How do you keep running “fun”?