No, not at the same time, although I did consider running my barefoot mile outside.
Yesterday was the boys’ last day of camp up in the hilly part of our county. I decided I should take advantage of that. Where we live isn’t flat, but these were Serious.Hills. I ran a nice little mile warm up on the small hills and then found a tenth of a mile hill that was so steep I couldn’t comfortably run down it. I went down it, attempting not to kill myself and then turned around and jogged back up. Slowly. When I hit the top, I kept going and realized I had a nice little half mile loop that would take me down a less steep hill, up a slight incline and to the bottom of the evil hill. I did the loop three times, so I ran up the hill a total of four times. By the last one, I seriously wasn’t moving at more than a shuffle and was pretty sure my heart was going to beat right out of my chest. Then I looped around and ended up going another half mile downhill. I nearly cried when I realized the only way to get back to my car was to go back up! I ended up managing 5.1 miles at a 10:15 pace.
As soon as I finished, I jumped in my car and drove home. I ran in the door, yanked off my shoes, socks, and hat and hit the treadmill. I did another 1.2 miles at an average of a 10:30 pace barefoot on the ‘mill. Now I just need to find a minimalist shoe for outside…
Two days into July and I’ve already managed 10.3 miles. Woot! This morning’s plan is another slow 10 miles, but we’ll see what my quads have to say about that.
11 thoughts on “Hill training and barefoot running”
That sounds like one serious hill workout! Awesome job on the July runs so far. I am busting a gut over the Busch comments. I don't drink beer – how was I supposed to know?!? LOL! Next time I'll drink the real stuff, mmmkay? 😛
Excellent job on the hills, I'm so impressed!!
you had me at your title 'hill training' those are doosies!!did it hurt to run barefoot on the treadmill? It sounds like it could…happy 4th! enjoy your brewskies, and lil' babes?;-)
Good job with the hills.
Sounds like a great hill workout – nice job!
Nice job chicka!! I love hills but man do they hurt! Thats a great time for them too!
Great job on the hill workout! I feel your pain when you realized you had to run uphill to reach your car!
Great hill work! I'm reading Born to Run right now … this barefoot running thing is very interesting – still don't see me doing it though!
Hills are definitely an awesome workout!!
Nice job on the hill workout! My run today made me think I need to do a few of those – the hills were killing me! Good for you!
Nothing like a "bonus" hill!