I finally got up the nerve to tackle some hill repeats with my friends this morning. And? Other than sucking wind and sounding like I was ready to keel over from an asthmatic attack, I’d say it went pretty well.
I’ve been working to get one of my mid-week runs a bit longer, so today that run totaled out to about 9 1/2. We did five repeats on a hill about 1/3 of a mile long, then hit two more big ones hard as we headed back in. All in all, I’m pretty happy with it. No, my fitness isn’t where I want it to be, but just a couple of weeks back I was too afraid to even try.
Which leads me to confidence. I don’t know about you, but once I have it, my training and racing go so much better. I’m getting my confidence back, and starting to believe that I can get my fitness back, too. In time for Boston? Probably not entirely, but I think I”m tracking ahead of where I would have guessed I’d be when I first got back to running in November. That’s a pretty big gift, if you ask me.
Anyone else tackle some hills today? Where’s your confidence level?