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Monday, July 08, 2013

I was away for the long weekend. We went up north to the Adirondacks to visit (I grew up there) but mostly to move my 21yo son into his summer dorm. He's doing a field school (archeological dig). We left him my car because the place he's staying is pretty far from both the dig and the nearest stores and so forth.

That means I'm without a car until early August. My husband's got a car but he drives it to work each day. I've been doing my run in the mornings at a local park. We live in the country. folks drive way too fast up and down our road, it's full of curves and there's almost no shoulder. There's also a mean dog :)

But for the month or so my son was gone I figured I'd suck it up and run on our road. I got up this morning and set out. I started off great. But soon got increasingly nervous. I had somehow forgot we live on a hill. Kind of a big hill. We are at the top. No matter which direction I go (three possible routes) it involves running down at least one steep hill and then back up it to get home. What I was especially shocked at was how far I got before I reached the halfway point and needed to turn around. I was all the way down off our hill and pretty close to he main road.

When I turned around after 13 minutes of running, I was faced with a very steep hill up. I tried. I really tried. I made it three more minutes straight up. But I just couldn't do it. There was no way I could. So I walked up the very steep bit. At the top of that stretch the incline is much more gentle, still steadily up but nothing like as steep. I tried again. But I still couldn't do it. by that time I was so hot, sweaty and tired that walking up was taking just about all I had! I ended up just walking the rest of the way home.

So in all I ran 15 minutes and then walked back. I certainly got a work out. That walk back up the hill was no joke! But it was a c25k fail. I couldn't check off week seven day one. This is the first time in the program I just couldn't finish.

I need to figure something else out. My husband goes in for 6am and I work evenings so our schedules don't mesh well. I can't drive his car (it's a manual and I only drive automatic) so he will have to drop me off at the park. I could run 25 min down the hill and onto the flatter parts on the main road and then just walk back. But that will more than double my workout time and I'm not sure I'm up for a several mile walk up hill after a run!

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    good for you!
    1779 days ago
    I'm in the same boat BUT our traffic isn't as bad; on top of a steep hill, rural road with no shoulder, mean dog, BUT I have learned to count the walk back up the hill as one-up on the regular 5K trainees. When you train going up hills then you build up endurance that most flat-landers can't get, which gives you the advantage if you keep using the hills to train on. You did not fail, you added a major training tool and it REALLY will help you in the long run if you continue to use what you are actually blessed with. You will end up blowing past flat-landers in your first 5K! Those hills are HARD, but I just use them instead of letting them get me down. In fact, I'm comparing those hills to my whole weight-loss journey. It was easier starting out, it was faster too. Now I'm starting up the hills and I have to dig deeper and decide to slow down to keep going or decide to quit b/c I'm struggling so badly. But I know that the goal is just up the hill and I will keep putting one foot in front of another.
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    You can do this.
    1779 days ago
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