Nothing like a nice, slipper snowy run up a hill! 8 times! Yeehaw! It was fun.
Let me back up a bit.
I planned on going to running club and starting at 6:30. My buddy asked if I wanted to start a bit earlier ( 6:15). Now, she is must faster than I am, but I thought her text mentioned running with someone else that is more my speed (re:slower!). I accepted the invite. To my surprise, she was meeting this slower buddy after the run, not for it. Ooops! So, I was
forced determined to keep up with her and the other 2 fast butts that joined us! The warm up was 1.66 miles and we did it in 14:35 (8:46/mile pace). OK, so that was fast for me these days. It was a warm up people! 😉 I was pushed outside of my normal box, which is a good thing. My motto for 2011: SUCK IT UP!! I am learning to deal with my dumb breathing issues and this was a good test. It was labored, but I think it was a normal you’re running faster in the wind and cold snow kind of labored. I did not keel over and die, so it’s all good! I am still positive my buddy slowed down her usual warm up pace for me 😉
After that the hills began. Today’s workout was to be 8-10 hill sprints. I chose to do 8, because, well; it was HARD! In a good way of course. I completed the hills in 16:41 ( 1.75 miles total/9:33 pace per mile) . The route is kind of comical. IT was slippery and dangerous. I guess I am a rebel. Running in the dark and cold night! 🙂 The cool down was next. It ended up being 1.62 miles ( 14:47/9:06 pace). It was nice of my friends that ran 10 hill sprints to slow down for me! haha…it was the cool down after – all. It was a great day ( night) for a run!
Before class I taught cardio sculpt. Lots of jumping lunges, squat variations, jump rope and jumping jacks. I guess it was a nice warm up before the hills??
On tap for tomorrow: Spin instruction and weight training.
Do you enjoy winter running?
Do you follow a specific training program and/or does your training include hill work?