Uphill all The Way (or so it seemed)

I couldn't help but think of Irish-John and his feelings about hills this morning.

I like to get a bit of variety, especially now I'm running further distances so decided on a new route this morning. After an inordinate amount of faffing I drove towards town and parked up where I thought I'd be close to out local guided busway. Unfortunately although I could see the bus way it took me some time to work out how I could get access to the cycle track that runs alongside, and my warm up walk was far slower than usual.

Eventually my 5 minutes were up and I was on the right path, but I hadn't anticipated the incline. It's not steep but constant so gradually rises from 114m to 168m over the first 5km, and then undulates up and down over the kilometre, and which point I turned round to come back. My legs were already tired and so the downward gradient didn't feel as much a gift as it should have done as I headed back to my car. I was also wet from the drizzle and my glasses, covered in droplets (my hat had done nothing to protect them - I think I need to get one with a bigger brim - about half a meter wide should do it) so was beginning to get dizzy.

I felt a little disappointed when MapMyRun told me I'd reached 10k and the time was 63 minutes, slower than my previous run. But now, looking at the 10km of running and taking away the first five minutes of floundering around trying to find the pathway I actually did the 10k in 58.21 which although slightly slower than my last run I'm happy with as the overall elevation gained was 84m (compared with 56 last time).

Feeling slightly more prepared for my 10k Race for Life in three weeks. :-)

N.B. note to self - don't forget to put a towel in the car when driving to a run, as dripping on the steering wheel and upholstery ain't good. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ’ฆ

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  • Still only at 5k here but think some slightly hillier runs need to be thought about

  • This was a bit of a killer as it was rather disruptive. It looked flatfish, but I think it was the fact that it just went on and on that wore me out. After 5km of uphill running I was ready to throw in the towel (if I'd taken one, which I didn't :-) )

  • That is a great time :) Keep running those hills :)

  • But my poor calves are complaining now. :-(

  • Not for long though I bet :)

    Now when it came to my former In-laws... ;)

  • Great work Razouski ๐Ÿ˜Š a real stamina run with that gradient and hills. I think you should be delighted with that time and thats a distance I only dream about ๐Ÿ˜„xx

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