Hill Work = Speed Work

So I have heard that hill work is speed work in disguise. I'm pretty slow and I hate the hills on bike or foot, so speedwork doesn't come easy to me.

Bur after seeing the elevation for the Stanley half in a couple weeks, I thought that I better get a little bit more time on hills instead of the nice flat greenbelt.

I think that is the main reason why I was willing to hike 8 miles in the foothills Sunday and I attempted to run up to Tablerock today.

8 miles on Sunday, over 6 on Monday and 3 today. That is a new record for me. 3 workouts in a row! ;-)
Monday's Garmin data. 

Tablerock elevation.

Yeah, running uphill - HA!

I walked.

I dripped sweat. And I was huffing and puffing. I was breathing a little harder then I did last time I went up there with the BF. Like where I needed to stop and catch my breath and bring my heart rate back down.

But I was cool with running down.

Like 10 minute miles on the rocky, uneven, almost 1.5mile long downhill. I felt like a badass leaping to get the right footing on the bad trail with others looking at how this overweight girl is so clunky with the loud footfalls graceful and makes trail running so effortless. Looks like there were some jerks on the trail when it was wet so the trail isn't a nice surface. But I ran down it pretty easily.

I was almost to the bottom and I had to walk because some people with their dog was taking the whole path and I didn't want to crush the ankle biter mutt of a little Silky. There was a guy in front of me who looked back at this time, who was walking, and then decided to start running. I guess he didn't want to get chicked by a girl in a tennis dress.

After 3 fairly hard for me workouts, 3 days in a row, my legs feel ok. The front of my shin muscles felt a little crampy yesterday, which hasn't happened too much to me this year. My whole lower half does feel like they gotten worked but I guess I need to really work them and stretch them out lots before the end of the month.

I have a question for all of you. The Stanley Half is part regular road, part trail. What shoes would you wear? Regular road shoes or a trail shoe? I was thinking of just using either the Brooks Pure Cadence, but I may go with the Brooks Adrenaline that I have because I don't want to the the Pures dirty on the trail and I am NOT going to wear the Nike trail shoes I have because they are the ones that cause blisters on my toes and I don't really want to get another new pair of shoes right now. What would you wear?

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  1. I'm no help with the shoes I'm sorry - I've never run trails in any serious way - but congrats on pushing through the hill work. I find it hard too, mostly because my speed is so slow on steep uphills it is barely running!

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  2. Awesome hill work! I will admit, I hate it so much that I VERY rarely do any!

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