Today was only about 8 degrees hotter than yesterday, but the humidity is up and the breeze is gone. Luckily, this was expected so all I had on the calendar was a hilly 4 mile run. One of my mom friends BQs every year with only four runs a week and she told me that one of her “tricks” is to run hills the day after her long run. While I don’t ever expect to BQ (even running another marathon is still up in the air), I decided I’d give hill running a try on my tired legs.
We live in an awesome neighborhood for this kind of running. If I run E/W, my run has very gentle hills. If I run N/S, especially in the southern part of the neighborhood, the hills are killer. So, I ran about a half mile east of my house and then ran the N/S streets in my neighborhood, slowly working my way back to my house. It ended up being four miles at a 9:25 pace. The heat, hills, and sun made it feel like I was running much faster than that, but it was definitely a good workout and my legs now feel like jello.
Now for a quick shower and lunch and then I’ll pick up the boys from camp and head to the pool.
11 thoughts on “What a difference 8 degrees make”
Good job.But enough about you.You weren't SERIOUS about not sharing your beer with me just cos I was in your neck of the woods and didn't tell you? By the way, I met a guy down there in MD who's a bit of a beer geek himself and he shared his beer with me and everything he had was like 10% ABV or better so WHO NEEDS YOU!1!?!(I mean that in the best possible sense.)FIRST!
Hills + heat would definitely = Jell-O legs! Enjoy the pool this afternoon.
Sounds like a grueling workout, especially on tired legs!I always like to hear what tactics people use to achieve their speedy marathons.
Hills AND heat is a great way to earn a shower! Way to knock it out.
What makes you think you couldn't BQ? I think you can! Good job on the heat and hills!
wow, heat + hills + tired legs, I'd be jello too, but well done!
That's a great pace for hills/heat/humidity/tired legs!Sounds like a painful trick – hills after long run.
Nice run, and interesting strategy from your speedy friend. What does running hills after running long do, exactly? Is it a mental thing (i.e., I can run hills even when my legs feel like cement), or is there some physiological benefit, too?
Great job! And great pace on hills and in heat!
Sounds like a tough workout! Running hills after a long run is a great tip, I'll have to try it.
Thanks for sharing the tip of running hills after a long run. Running when it's hot outside sure makes it harder.