Today I decided to do some hill training after reading about the benefits of it online and suggestions from Sallycycle and IannodaTruffe.
I did a ten minute warm up run to what I shall now call Big Betty. I jogged down, set my markers (there's no way I can do the whole thing yet).
After the first jog up (pace should be slower but effort should be the same as for flat running) ultra slow, I jogged back down, recovering. What was interesting was that at the top point I was thinking, 'ugh, how am I going to do this 5 times?!', but by the time I got to the bottom point I was recovered enough to do it again.
I managed 5 reps and on the last one managed to roughly double my distance before I had to walk, so I was pleased with myself.
I ran home and the usual hills on the way back were tame in comparison, so as well as helping to increase my fitness and strength, it also psychologically changes my overall take on hills. If I can tackle Big Betty (and I intend to extend my runs on her until I can do all of her), then I can tackle anything.
It's a bit scary but I recommend it. I loved it and I was SO sweaty afterwards .... who knew being covered in sweat was such a delight?