Okay, not “mountains”, but a really steep hill.
Yesterday was my hill run day. Everyone I talk to says hill runs are the best for increasing your endurance and speed in a race. So, the last day of January I go out for my second week of running this hill/mountain. Last week I ran it twice and ran some other routes in between each hill run. This week, I changed it up. I ran about 1.8 miles before I got to the hill to get warmed up some. Of course it was also the first time in 10 months that I forgot my phone, so I don’t know how fast I was running, but when I reached the hill, I was breathing a bit hard.
Up I went – up the hill. It was a rough run. I got to the top and it levels out for a bit before I turn to go back down the hill. By the time I got to the bottom (which was hard in and of itself since it was so steep), I was ready to go up again. Without a break I went for it. Back up the hill to the top. This time it didn’t seem as hard and as I went back down, I felt pretty good. My goal was three times, so I went back up. Not bad. It seemed that each time I went up I felt a little easier than the last. My legs were tired and running down the hill was harder, but I was shocked that I was able to make it three times without much fatigue. I then ran a couple more miles to make sure I made 5 miles and went home to take my son to a doctor appt.
What an end to a month. It was close to record mileage, but since I forgot my phone, I am not 100% sure. But for two months in a row now I have been able to run over 150 miles. Wow, it wasn’t but early fall that I could barely break 100. Also, I am on pace to make my third 40 mile week in a row.
Do you want to know why I love running? The activity is rather boring and takes a lot of time, however I love running because I can run faster and farther with little skill. Running just works best if you do it. Also it doesn’t really cost too much, except for shoes that can be found rather cheaply on sale. I work with technology all day long. I have computers and phones and tablets and gadgets blinding my eyes. When I run, it is just me, outside with the sound of my feet on the pavement. I’m alone.. I work through problems in my head. I pray. I get out my frustrations. It really is better than therapy. No pills, just nature, neighbors and running shoes. Wet, cold, hot, sunny, cloudy. Any and all weather. Whatever the weather is like at 2:00, that is what weather I am going to run in.
Ultimately, running up mountains is a good name for this post. I named it that for the hill run, but every run is a run up mountains. It is primal. It is therapeutic. It is just nature and me, alone, together.
I love running.