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Hills ( bridges) or speed work

Friday, October 05, 2012

Hills it was. I am six weeks out from my half in November and I want to make sure I am readdddddy for it. When I trained for my first half, I just ran....a lot on flat streets and I was overwhelmed with the four bridges I had to run up and down back in March at the Miami Beach 13.1.

I am following the Hal Hidgons Novice 2 training plan. I run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and long runs on Saturday. Thurdsays are going to be my "torture Thursdays" alternating between speed work and hills. There are no hills in my neighborhood so I drove down the road a bit and parked at the post office and did a quick warm up.

Today the weather was hot and humid from last night leading right into the morning. My plan was to drop my daughter off at school first; I have to drive her over to the next city, Miami Springs by 8:20 and then double back to Doral to drop my son off at school by 8:35. The traffic was crazy this morning and it was taking twice the amount of time to take my daughter to school. I turned around halfway into my commute to drop my son off first. This may not make sense to most, but my son is autistic ( aspergers) and it would have thrown off his whole morning, possibly his whole day. I dropped him off at school on time and then I doubled back to drop off my princess.....she has no sense of time yet. I get back to my daughter's school by nine and I am sweating from just walking from the car to her classroom. Because of the late start and the extreme heat, I did not think it would be a good idea to do speed hills seemed like the lesser of the two evils.

I went through my setup; turn on my Garmin and wait for it to boot up, check. Strap on my Nano (my husband found a band to make it fit like a watch), check. Lock up the car, check. And get in a warm up run. Crap, I forgot my visor. I sweat a lot and running without my visor or a hand towel is NOT an option. Time is ticking and it is getting hotter by the minute. Finally I am all set to go by 9:45. There were passing showers that I thought I was going to get a chance of running such luck. I started off in a slow and comfortable jog. Today was only a three mile jog. I went over the first bridge around half a mile into my run. Wow, it is such a different feeling to jog over a bridge that you speed up and down on effortlessly in your car. There are lots of sights to take in as I am jogging along to my music taking it all in while I focus on getting my breathing under control running down the bridge. I am also keeping an eye on my Garmin to keep track of how far I need to run before I have to turn around and double back over the bridge. It is tough for me to run by myself sometimes so I am happy when I see another walker or jogger to focus on and keep me moving in this hot and uncomfortable weather. Since my half is in November, I want to make sure I am prepared to run in the heat. I am still hoping that it is not too hot though.

My goal for today's run was to run at a pace where I felt comfortable jogging and not over do it that I need to walk. Once I made it to my halfway point, I was starting to feel that I could. Thank goodness I did not have to stare at the bridge the whole way on my way back. Yay, I saw someone walking ahead of me. I had my focal point to keep me moving up the bridge. I passed a young woman on top of the bridge and now I knew I was going to make it without stopping. Cruising down the bridge into the home stretch, I kept to the right and I hopped at least two feet off the ground when a guy on a bike honked his horn behind me. I'm glad I could provide comedy for his commute.

Whew, I did it. I completed my first session of hills, city style and it felt good. I am going to attempt one of my long runs with hills near the end of the month. Fort Lauderdale 13.1, oh yeah, I am going to be ready for you!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JULIA_RUN2SMILE 10/16/2012 10:48PM

    Daphne! Just realize that we follow the same running training program! Hills are awesome workouts - intervals too.... it doesn't take much to make a big difference in your endurance and your overall time once you start training with a training plan... I ran my first HM without much prep (just running long distance...). In 2010 i found the Hal Higdon training plan and it made a huge difference for me (I cut 15 min off on my PB 13.1M that year!).
Trust me it works!!! You will do great on your HM - Commit and consistency... Trust your body!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/13/2012 9:37AM

    Fabulous job!! You are gonna rock your race!
Go Daphne Go!
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ELIZACG9 10/9/2012 10:40AM

    You so can do it!! I have training today for a JOB! yippeeee! emoticon

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MASRITE 10/6/2012 1:47PM

    Ugh, I hate hills, but, I know, they must be done. I have a new attitude towards them now: I just put my head down, slow down my pace a bit and head up that hill/incline. I make it up there with out coming now. Big improvement for me!! Great job on your run. You're going to be so ready for those bridges in November!!

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WILEE323 10/5/2012 4:03PM

    Great job on the hill run!! I have a cemetery with 4 short, steep hills that I try to run once a week. It kicks my butt, but I love it!! You'll totally rock your half!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/5/2012 11:34AM

    I have run that race a few times in Ft. Lauderdale and the weather is always great! You are doing hills and speedwork, but don't forget that running in this heat and humidity is GREAT training, too! Great job getting it in!

And I love that your hubby found that neat strap for your nano! Super cool!

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MIRAGE727 10/5/2012 11:27AM

    You will own that course, Daphne! Destroy it!
Stay strong and train safe!

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LAURIE5658 10/5/2012 10:33AM

    Daphne, you rock my world. You go girl! Gettem!!!!!


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PMRUNNER 10/5/2012 9:23AM

    Great blog! Good luck on your upcoming race! It's hard to balance children and training, it sounds like you are doing a good job managing it!

Keep working on the hills! They are not always fun but they will make you a stronger runner.

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BOILHAM 10/5/2012 9:00AM

  I love reading about young folks with children, juggling work, kids, all the chores and still finding time to stay fit.

I get so much positivity by being an old dude, and doing what I do, but I think it's harder for younger people who don't have the luxury of free time that we retired folks do.

Daphne you are one of them, of course, and you are awesesome. And you beat the heat! Keep on runnin' - Vic

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-PAULA 10/5/2012 5:47AM

    That was a late start but I know you can endure. I've heard those bridges are no joke. Fortunately there are lots of hills here to practice on. Best wishes for your upcoming half. Thanks for sharing your training.

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FLORIDAGHOST 10/5/2012 5:38AM

    Good Luck on your race. I know you will do a Super Job!

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ONMYMEDS 10/5/2012 12:50AM

    With the effort and thoughtfulness you put into your training runs, you'll smoke that race!! Nice job.

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