For the entire month of June I’m planning on writing a series of blog-a-day posts based on a set series of open-ended questions to myself. This is one of those posts.
June 10th // Something You Have Felt
While this could have easily turned into a mature-rated post, I’m going to instead focus on something more G. You can thank me later.
So… hills. While running is largely a cardiovascular sport, I’ve been told that hill training is where the sport bleeds into the strength-building, weight-lifting, bench-pressing equivalency side of things. Most of the time we’re training our lungs and muscles to do hard repetitive actions over and over and over again, sometimes for hours, the whole ‘let’s go run up and down hills for a while’ thing is more about training those muscles to get stronger. Or so I’m told.
What I’ve felt for the last twelve hours or so is sore.
I alluded in my previous post to the fact that yesterday evening I was out doing hill training with the half marathon group. We start with a quick one-point-five klick warm-up run out to the hill — ours is the newly-paved road-and-sidewalk leading into the Terwillegar off-leash dog park — where we regroup and plan our attack. Then it’s down the hill for about three-hundred and fifty meters linear distance (which is somewhere between seventy-five and a hundred meters, I’m estimating, elevation change) where we do our turn around and trod right back up the hill. And we repeat this each week, starting with three repeats last night and increasing by one repeat until we’re up to nine.
Three repeats, when I haven’t done hill training in almost a year, is brutally painful. By the end of the third repeat I was breathing through my ears, huffing-and-puffing like a steam engine, as I pushed those last few steps.
And then, just when we think we are done, we do a nice cool down jog back to the store: another klick-and-a-half.
And something that I’ve felt all last night and for a while this morning is sore. Good sore. That post-hills sore that just feels so satisfying and rewarding.