Tuesday, January 22, 2008
All 750 feet of it. All one mile of the road. All the switchbacks and turns and curves and steep climbing. I just decided that today would be the day. This was it. I was gonna tame that hill and make it mine.
I fueled up with an apple, a granola bar, an energy bar, and water. I started out at 3:20 PM, after a full day of school and with 5000+ steps on my pedometer. I did a little warm up walk, and then I was off.
Climbing a hill just means putting one foot in front of the other and breathing hard. Take a rest when the HRM says I'm in my 80% target heart range. Mop the sweat occasionally so I can see. And then put one foot in front of the other and head upward again.
Stop occasionally to look at the view while catching my breath. Enjoy the stillness of this place, a road with only the occasional vehicle, with the tourist cable cars going up and down the highwires overhead. I have the road to myself, and the random lizard. And we climb, one foot in front of the other.
I passed my halfway marker. I passed the gate. I knew I would make it. And before I knew it, one last steep turning switchback and there it was, the bar, the mall, Elroy with ice and water and a ready smile, and I could call DH and my SP buddy and gloat that I made it!
I cooldown walk around the top, drinking two huge glasses of ice water, and then another 30 minutes to walk back down, slowly slowly one foot at a time, retracing my footsteps and letting gravity ease me down the hill. Another cool down walk around the parking lot, another apple and some more water, and that was the day.
The day I conquered my challenge hill.
Next challenge, you ask? Keep walking this hill until I can climb it without stopping. THEN I will own this hill!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
What a U turn in my thinking!!!!!!!!!
I worked out all week, every day, training for this half marathon. I walked 2 hours three or four days, and walked steep hills the other days, alternating. I lifted weights. I did tons of stretching. I did yoga positions/holds to stretch and strengthen at the same time. I followed my plan and gave myself a big gold star every day for over a week.
So on Friday, my begin to relax for Sabbath day, I rewarded my commitment and my work with more exercise!!!!!
I went to the beach and walked in the sand for about 80 minutes. Back and forth. Kept my heart rate at about 60% max (proudly wearing my new HRM). I enjoyed the sun in my face, the wind in my hair, the sound of waves crashing, and my feet sinking into the wet sand. I watched families with small children playing in the water, a father teaching his children to body surf, an old (80 yr old or so) couple walking hand in hand up and down the beach. I enjoyed the day and living in the Caribbean and all of creation.
I logged over 16,000 steps yesterday, at least half of it at the beach. And that walk, my reward, truly was rewarding. It was energizing for my body, relaxing for my mind, and nourishing for my soul.
Thank you, Notblushing, for dragging me to this point! And thank you, SparkPeople, for this polar change in my thinking........I don't know when or how it happened, but it did.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Today was a hill day. So I drove to my challenge hill, and decided to start by driving the hill and clocking the miles. Turns out the road is all of .9 miles - yet it goes from sea level to 750 feet. Can we say steep?
Sunday, when I started this hill, I made it to .5 mile. Halfway on the road. Which is probably less than half the elevation.
Today, I walked to the same point, and then beyond for another 5 or 10 minutes. It was hot. It was sunny. I spent a full day at school, and ran around. I started the hill with 7,000 steps. And yet, I was able to walk .5 miles uphill in about 17 minutes.
I know this isn't fast. I know I will never break a world record in any speed.
But for me to walk uphill - going at 65-75% of my max heart rate - half a mile in about 17 minutes - WOW! For me, that's pretty speedy.
And all I can think is, maybe I'm not in such bad shape after all!
I finally figured it out - I have to challenge myself with what I think I CAN'T do in order to achieve it, and realize how much I CAN do!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I have found my hill to train for the half marathon. It goes from sea level to 750 feet. I'm not sure at this point how many miles the road to the top is, I'm guessing 2 or 3.
On Sunday, I made my first attempt. I didn't plan to walk the entire hill, just to assess how far I could go. I made it about 1/3 of the way up - maybe just shy of 1/3.
This is a STEEP hill - 20-45% grade, maybe even closer to 60% incline up on the last little bit. I've seen trucks stall out because it was too steep.
It's a killer hill. But I am gonna make it MY hill! This is my Everest. I will climb it in stages. And when I can walk this hill in one hard climb, I will be ready for my half marathon.
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As I was walking the hill, both up and then return, the occasional car would stop and someone would ask if I needed a ride. I'd say no thank you. They'd respond with are you sure? My next response was, "I'm in training."
That's what I'm doing. Training for a half marathon. Training myself to do bigger and better things. Training myself to keep up with a healthier life.
"I'm in training."
Friday, January 11, 2008
Mahogany Run hill
1.5 miles - estimated elevation change 200 feet in .75 mile distance
Time: 43 minutes - maybe 25 minutes up, and 18 minutes down.
Not too bad, but I need to speed up.
Charlottesville, here I come.
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