Do you find there is a mental portion to running? For example, when I have a 25 km run planned I pump myself up for a few days before hand telling myself I can do it. Even if it's a 14 km run like today I still have myself pumped up for it as a 14 km run and that's that. Since I had planned to do a 14 km this morning I was sticking to it, because I wasn't pumping myself up for a 25+ km run. You do this too, right?! Just say yes;)
I was excited to go for this run because it's in the downtown and there is a great park at the end of the city that's quite popular with runners and dogs. You wouldn't believe all the adorable dogs I saw. You probably know I love seeing dogs out for walks because they always seem so happy and content. I saw one dog with about five sticks in his mouth, so cute.
Derp. Good thing for so many dogs because I just saw this on the park's website-
This was great training for me because the half marathon next month goes through this park. It had a hill called Tower
Kill Hill Road and it's a very steep incline (as far as running goes) and I did it four different times to get some hill training in. I was kind of proud because I didn't see another runner on it, only happy dogs and me;) I incorporated steps into my run as well at the end of my run just because they were there.
|Tower Hill Rd., about half way down.|
Darn it, it doesn't look evil in this picture.
I ended up doing the 14 km. It was certainly a quick run by any means, but I think the hill really slowed me down. I think hill training is important and it's bound to slow you down a bit.
I came back home and made the most delicious (Kenny approved!) protein pancakes. I'll share the recipe with you soon!
Do you find hills difficult during training?
Do you run with a dog? What kind?