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Running up that hill...

Saartjie
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What on earth was I thinking?! After all the running chat I had to get out there. Had the bright idea of running a different route without realising how uphill it was. I felt like I ran uphill at various gradients for most of the run πŸ€’πŸ€’πŸ€’ I had a 750m elevation gain! Omg I was so hot and can already feel my thighs are stiff before we even get to tomorrow. The stupid thing was I have actually done the beginning of that run before and not repeated it because it was so hard πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Obviously blocked the pain of that one out too well 😁 Oh well...onwards and (not) upwards...

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Forestgrump
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Ooff! One plus to that, the next time you run on level ground it’ll feel like a breeze!. Keep those post run stretches up to minimise the stiffness πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to Forestgrump

I stretch after every run religiously but don't think I can stretch that run out completely!

Stretch girl stretch!!! Sounds like hard going.... πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Well done tho, think I would have turned around! β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to LoungeLizaard

Omg...I actually had to stop at one point before my heart exploded! (I havent stopped on a run since whatever week the last walk break was) Even more stupid me considered turning round when my half time bell went but no...i decided it must be all downhill from here! (It wasn't!!)

Goforitmama
GoforitmamaGraduate

wow! Well done!

Did you need crampons?

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to Goforitmama

A ski lift would have been good at one point!

Oh dear Sarah! Talk about taking the bull by the horns and challenging yourself!! 😬 Well done for getting out. Sure you’ll enjoy your next run more when you pick a flatter route. πŸ˜‰ x

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to Ripcurlrana71

I know right?! Serves me right for trying to avoid the main road and commuter traffic. Next run I think I will do laps of the (flat) park! Couldn't even hit my normal pace/distance πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

I hate running around the local roads too - so uninspiring!! Sure you’ll do great! ☺️ X

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Low and slow. Low and slow.

Well done for fighting on. That’s a huge elevation gain, no wonder it hurt. Recover well x

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to Jay66UK

Can definitely feel the front of my thighs this morning! Trust me Jay i was slow πŸ˜†πŸŒπŸŒπŸŒ

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
in reply to Saartjie

I thought you were making an inappropriate offer when I first read that! 🀣🀣🀣

Hills make our muscles work in different ways. Nasty hills.

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to Jay66UK

🀣🀣🀣

lollytwist
lollytwistGraduate

Ooh no! I’ve made that mistake too!! Running on the flat is more enjoyable for me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to lollytwist

Where I live (on a hill) I can't avoid them but am normally a bit more strategic about my choice of route! Definitely somewhere flat for my next run πŸ˜‚

sallenson
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Embrace those hills. Hills are good. Hills make us stronger. The Hills are alive..

But gently. Run a shorter hill session. 25mins with intervals. Walk when you need to. Patter up on your toes, don't lean back, go for a toe strike. It will pay off big time when you're on the flat.

Good for you for doing them Hills!! ❀❀

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to sallenson

I am totally with you. Embrace the hills when you have a planned hill repeat session. But my goal was just to have a nice 4k+ run in 30 mins 😫

sallenson
sallensonGraduate
in reply to Saartjie

Not so gud then :-)

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to sallenson

That would be a nooooo πŸ€ͺ

skeenie
skeenieGraduate

Trying to alter my route so I encounter some hilly areas to improve my stamina but they are killers for the thighs arent they. your next run on the flat will feel good.

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to skeenie

I think the key is making sure they're at the right point of run...definitely NOT all uphill from the start until 20 mins in!

southlundon
southlundonGraduate

That’s amazing - well done! I live in a hilly bit too (I feel like we may have had this conversation before 😁) and when I ran up a v steep one earlier this week I kept running back downhill a little bit to give my thighs a break but then went back up and further iykwim. I got the idea from a few articles I saw about hill training that mentioned it so perhaps something for next time? πŸ˜…

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to southlundon

I thought about that but it was uphill for so long I thought I may never make it to the end!

southlundon
southlundonGraduate
in reply to Saartjie

πŸ˜‚

18Windmill
18WindmillGraduate

Well done you. Think I would just cry!! But think we can all block the pain out...it's just when it comes back to haunt us! Happy weekend ahead. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate
in reply to 18Windmill

Thanks Windmill...You too x

Yikes!!!! I thought that my 153m altitude increase was a lot. My demanding hill is just a mere baby bump compared to your seriously adult bump! Well done you! How long was the run? You're a hill heroine! I have been having a little look to see if some one mentioned their altitude rise, southlundon did in reply to one of my posts and now you with a new hill standard. I am still in am in awe! Whenever you go up, you do have to come down again! Always reassuring. Well done you! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate

Just realised I misread my stats. The elevation increase was 750. Gain was 105. My bad. But it was still really really hard πŸ˜”

over61andstilltrying
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in reply to Saartjie

Increase sounds the same as gain to me, I'm seriously confused!! Completely confused! I thought this running business was just about outing one foot in front of the other!

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate

I know. I don't understand either. Basically I ran up hills and it hurt...A lot πŸ˜‚

over61andstilltrying
over61andstilltryingGraduate
in reply to Saartjie

Now that I understand! Lol!

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate

πŸ˜‚

over61andstilltrying
over61andstilltryingGraduate
in reply to Saartjie

Oops! I meant putting one foot in front of the other! Not outing one foot! Must be bed time.

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