Tuesday, February 16, 2010

HR= Hill Repeats!

Today I upped to 40 minutes. I'll only run three times this week. Man I hope it warms up! It's just flat out frigid! Oh how I long for Spring and SUMMER!! I love the sauna!!
The hill repeats are definitely working! My training pace seems faster? I've noticed that out on the roads hills are treated differently now (mentally).
I ran for 30 min then did 4 hill repeats. This is how it has been going...I'll go out and run but save the last ten minutes for hills. One thing to be sure...hill repeats are work! You heart rate is up and so is the breathing rate. I have actually been nearly out of breath a couple of times!
So the rebuilding continues...slow but sure...10% increase...stabilizing next week with four runs @ 30 min each. Interesting mental change: Looking at running in time first rather than distance? Probably will change back?! Peace!!

10 comments:

Jen said...

Quick question: How do you do hill repeats?

Do you race up, and jog down? Or do you race up and down?

Marlene said...

I think all of these HR's will certainly pay off for you as you start building your distance again and workin on pace... they say hills are speed work in disguise!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I love running in the cold, but for your sake and for my little girls who long to go outside I will wish for spring too!

Way to go on the run!

Mark said...

Hey Jen,
Here's how I do Hill repeats: Run up the hill at about 80-90% effort, then jog or walk back down for recovery. As you get more fit you will be able to jog down and recover adequately.
Be sure to be warmed up good and do a good cool down, too. This is a hard work out. Lean forward at ankles, lift knees, stay relaxed in upper body, use arms to drive legs. Have fun!! Get strong!

Meg said...

I used to only train for my marathons by time and not mileage. It was kind of nice.

Just_because_today said...

hill repeats are hard, hard, hard, hard but yes, they do work. Maybe I would see improvement if I did them...

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Anne said...

I tend to measure my effort by time on feet versus distance, which has the advantage of allowing you to listen to your body and also to gauge success by how much distance you cover over time. Within a few weeks you typically can go longer in the same time. You're right, though. When you get into the higher mileage for marathon training, you must put in the miles regardless of how much time it takes.

lindsay said...

i definitely need to do hill repeats to get ready for boston... it's a lot flatter here in ky than where i live back in sc and i think i've become a hill-wimp! maybe i can just trade my legs for yours? :)

Meg said...

I'm off to do hill repeats too! I'm going to bring my HR monitor and see how much I bring my heart rate up, that will be interesting. It sounds like all is well with you, nice job!

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