So, I have this relationship, you see. I love something and hate it all at the same time. What is it? It is Mountain Street. The street that leads to Chimney Peak, a local small mountain/foothill in my town. We’ve decided that the hills I was doing (11th St and just the first 1.5 miles of Mountain Street) weren’t quite enough. While not abandoning them, we have decided that future hill runs leading up to the SF Marathon will be up Mountain and down Mountain. The run has it all, 1.5 miles of slight grade that wears on you as you run, about half a mile of straight up “death shuffle” climb, and then another mile of winding uphill steadiness, enough to raise the heart rate to near max, make the legs burn, and the lungs cry for more air. Perfect. I love it. And I hate it!
But, if I plan to have hill strength and meet my goals in SF, I need this run. So, I do it each hill run day, as I have for the past 2 weeks. Here is the elevation:
So, I warm up for 1.5 or so miles, climb mountain, and then run 2 miles at goal marathon pace (7:37 or better), then cool down. Ten miles of fun! I can see from last week to this week a gain in strength and stamina already. The climbing is getting slightly easier and I’m transitioning into MP more efficiently. I am excited about what this is doing for my strength not only on hills but in flats as well.