Coming across a hill whether it’s a 10k or a marathon down-right SUCKS! As a runner, hills are my Boogey Man. (Enter monster voice) “Mwaa Haa Haa Haa there Kristen. Say goodbye to your goal time, say goodbye!”
My first 10k, 5 years ago, I was one of those 1st-time idiots who tackled the 1 and only hill by sprinting past everyone. (I’m shaking my head and laughing to myself as I type) I learned about 2 minutes after that incident to 1.) never do that again. 2.) always prepare my legs for hills.
5 years later, with 3 1/2 of them being in Spain, I have learned many things about running in elevation. So…what’s worse than hills…MOUNTAINS!!
“I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!” Screams out the boogey man. Running a mountain is the Hill that NEVER ENDS! The incline keeps going and going and going and going and there is no stopping this beast until you reach the top!
Lucky me, I live on a mountain and the only way to run outdoors without getting in the car and driving down to the coast, is to suck it up and run/walk up to the local village Mijas!
Here was my journey up Mijas Mountain on Wednesday:
15:58 of nothing but straight up the mountain! I ran about 8 of that! (Yes, that is an Iron Kids watch! I don’t like the faces on regular Iron Man watches, that and it was only a tenner. I’ve had this for 7 years!)
If you are thinking “15 minute run, what’s the big deal.” Well I’ll tell you the big deal there…next time you are on a treadmill, pump up the incline as high as it’ll go and run! And the altitude doesn’t even play into that.
I’m going to try to run/walk up to Mijas once a week if possible since it’s a great workout in a short amount of time and just darn right good for my overall training!
We’ll meet again Mijas Mountain, oh, yes, we’ll meet again!
Have a great weekend! Get your butt outside and enjoy the weather, you won’t regret it. Well, unless it’s blizzarding outside but you get my point 🙂