I consistently run 4 miles in 40 minutes on the 1/2-mile gravel track at my gym. Based on some good advice from this team, I decided to try 4 miles on paved road, so I mapped out 4 miles in my own neighborhood.
Birmingham is quite a hilly place; we have some San-Francisco-esque transmission problems here. And my neighborhood is basically nothing but hills. Maybe I should have thought about not having straight road to recover every once in a while.
Long story short, it nearly killed me! My 10-minute mile went up to 11.5 (4 miles in 46 minutes). The hills *really* matter. But it was still a good suggestion! When I do eventually run a 5K, it will most likely be here in Birmingham, so I'd better get used to running on murderous hills!
Snap a picture because I am a two-time successful baby-weight veteran!! Now, if I could only become a cannelloni and garlic knot veteran ....
| current weight: 140.0