Wow I feel great! I decided that today I was going to tackle my nemesis hill and while I was at it, another longer but similarly horrible hill at the same time. Why? I have no idea!!
So after walking my children down most of the way to school, Jo told me to start running and off I went to cries of BYEEEEE MUMMYYYYYYY 😍
I knew the first part of the route was uphill but relatively gently and I’ve done it a few times so it doesn’t cause me much anguish but then I got to the first slightly steeper incline that I’d forgotten about, leading to a very steep and long hill. My thighs were killing so although I knew my legs weren’t dropping off (!), I turned downhill a few times just for ten seconds or so to keep running but give them a break. I was determined to break the hill and also definitely NOT to walk! (That’s the 199m point in the photo.)
Once I got that hill out of the way it was along to what I have always thought of as my absolutely nemesis - the short 20% hill near my house that is horrible to drive up, let alone run. And do you know what - it wasn’t so bad 😃 After the length of the other one it was (whisper it) almost a breeze and you can barely see the blip on my graph below (I think it's the 3.5km hill).
First time I’ve got back from a run though with a pounding hot head and feeling ever so slightly ill. Fine now after 15 mins and water thankfully.
Hills don’t scare me any more!