Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Week 6 - Day 3: Jail Hill

I finally got up the courage to go run jail hill at 5:30 a.m. this morning. I have been a little afraid of the dark and even the cold that early in the morning. But today, I faced the fear. Hooray! It snowed last night just enough to make the roads icy, but the sidewalks were okay. I parked at the rec center, ran over to Rayfield's and started the hills. I had on my UA Cold Gear with a fleece jacket on top and never got cold, even though it was 30 degrees. The bad part is that I am totally disappointed in my time. The total mileage was 2.88 miles and my time was 29 minutes. Good grief. I was supposed to be running up that hill at 5k - 10k pace...I used the lap timer on my GPS and found that I ran the hills in between 9:00 and 9:30 minutes/mile. That is way off pace. And I coasted back down so slowly that it was over 11:00 minutes/mile! The last time I really think I did much better than that, but I wasn't using the lap counter so I am not sure. It was dark this morning while running, so I couldn't really keep a good watch on my time. I don't know if it has to do with the fact that I had just rolled out of bed, or the weather, or if I was just lazy. I forgot to wear my heart monitor, so I'm not sure what level of exertion I was at - although I was very winded by the top of each hill repeat. I guess my question is: When coolrunning says run hills at 5k-10k they mean your 5k-10k pace on flat ground, or your 5k-10k pace while on a hill??? Because I figure my 5k-10k pace is pretty close to 8 min/mile...but that will be different on a hill. If it's supposed to be your 5k-10k pace while on a hill then maybe I didn't do that bad...but I'm not sure that is the case.

In other news, I have to mention this - Tracy went ahead and ran her hills YESTERDAY - IN THE RAIN! Now how about that?!?! She said she deserves the dedication award, and I'll have to I wish I had a picture of that to post for motivation!


Michele said...

You both should have run with me Monday morning then you wouldn't have had to deal with rain or cold!!!

Lana said...

It's about time you posted a comment on here. I wondered if you were ever going to!!!!!
I think you started too late Monday...didn't you start at like 6:15? I usually have to be headed home by 6:30.