Hilly Runs

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?

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Rolling Hills

I found my new favourite rolling hills route last night. And yes, I paid for a babysitter again so I could run outside! Two days in a row….my goodness, I must loving running outside (and love our babysitter).

I had 5k on the training plan but wanted to run 6k for some reason. I also decided I wanted to run some hills since the Maritime Race Weekend Half Marathon has rolling hills.

MRW Half Marathon Elevation Chart

{Source –¬†http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/523213160 }

Anyway……………

I went up part of English Mountain Road which is basically “going up the mountain” here. We live in the Valley in between the north and south mountain. So I went up a very little piece of it {my goal someday is to run up the whole thing}. I hit the house/farm area that was my end point and turned around and down Spittal Road.

aug 27 run

I knew generally where Spittal road was going to take me and that I’d probably run 6k but I had no idea of how many rolling hills there were until my babysitter told me. FUN!

elevation aug 27

Went from 40 to 73 and down to 23 then back to 40 in elevation.

Some were hard, some were long and easy. I plowed through a few and slowed down on some! I intentionally wore my new Asics thank so I could be seen on the road as it’s getting darker at night. I even wore my shortest short-shorts (woah) and even managed to match my Asics socks with my outfit – not intentionally planned. I honestly didn’t even know until my babysitter pointed it out, ha!

As I got close to my house, I was at 6.4k and decided to keep running to get an even 7k. A tough run but a great run!

Happy Friday!

Do you have a favourite rolling hill route?

Do you check out the elevation of a race ? Does it even matter to you?

Hope you have a great weekend!