I used to love running hills. Sometimes even repeating them over and over again.
That’s not my current mood. However, running is hard for me right now. I struggle to run 5k. True story! No pun intended but running has its ups and downs and I’m feeling more in the downs lately. That’s okay, as I know if I keep at it those hills will get easier and I might enjoy them again.
While in Halifax last night, I decided to go for a run since I had the time. Well, if you know downtown Halifax, is that it’s ALL hills. I literally started my run on a massive hill. This might have been a bad idea but ah well.
I was secretly thankful for traffic light stops and took the time to catch my breath. Clearly, I needed the break.
I had no plan to my run but was hoping I’d survived 5k around town. I saw so many runners out and ran though a group of runners. Not going to lie I felt intimidated, especially as I ran in the opposite direction of most runners I saw. Was I running he wrong way? Nah, I was just running my way.
I ran up Citadel Hill and thought I’d die at the top. Then on e up top, I ran around it and then back down. I wasn’t keeping track of my km and hit 5k and was finally feeling good (after all those hills). I decided to run a little further away from my hotel and then back towards it to finish off for 7k.
My route took me all over. Many roads I’ve run before during Bluenose Marathon (5k,10k, 1/2, kids run) so they weren’t a surprise to me, I fact I probably chose them since I’ve run them before.
Running is hard sometimes. Hills aren’t fun sometimes. But, you keep moving forward anyway.
Anyone else not loving hills right now?
Anyone else struggling right now?
Do you avoid races with lots of hills?
5 thoughts on “Hilly Runs”
I’m having a love/hate relationship with hills right now. I ran a 10-Miler last weekend and didn’t bother to learn anything about the course beforehand, I just signed up and showed up because that distance race was on my half marathon training plan. When the starting horn went off, I was in for a big surprise: https://runningmybestlife.com/10-mile-race-recap/
I used to love them too…and long distances. I have taken a break from such long runs mostly due to schedules and family. I miss the IDEA of hills! haha I understand completely.
I have been using the incline on the treadmill inside lately which has been good. I finally was able to get out on the trails this past weekend for some running. I am hoping the love and ease of those runs come back to me too. I figure if I keep pushing I will eventually find it again
Never been a fan of hills. Great job!
Looks like a ton of fun to me! We get a fair amount of hills in Raleigh. I don’t always avoid them
I do give priority to hill running! Training on hills not only helps in building muscle and power but also helps a lot in improving running form & endurance. Though it requires lots of effort, it should not be neglected if you want to push your running to the next level.