Hill intervals

This morning, Huck and I did our usual 2-mile run. He was able to keep up with me on the second half of our run, which means his endurance is improving. Go Huck!

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After work, I headed to the gym for some speed intervals. I decided to mix things up and make the sprints more difficult by adding hills. After all, hills are speed work in disguise!

I started off with a 1-mile warmup, then did the following intervals, following each with a .2-mile jog.

.5-mile @ 8 mph + 1.5% incline
.5-mile @ 8 mph + 3.0% incline
.5-mile @ 8 mph + 3.5% incline
.5-mile @ 8 mph + 3.0% incline
.5-mile @ 8 mph + 1.5% incline

The first hill interval didn’t feel too hard, so I increased the incline by 1.5% on the second interval. Whoa! This was much harder than I expected. I wanted to increase the incline by 1.5% on the third interval, but I could barely maintain the 3.5% incline. I felt like I was going to throw up. I was tempted to quit after that, but thought “no pain, no gain” and slogged through the last two intervals.

Next time, I plan to make each recovery period a half mile instead of a measly less-than-quarter mile. Since I’m increasing the speed and incline, my body needs more time to fully recover.

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