Did my first hill workout of the year today. The plan was to run up and down the Ohio Street Hill in St. Paul until I just couldn't stand it any more. With a wind chill of 5, I wasn't expecting much.
Got out there and did the first couple of trips up and down a bit faster than planned, but there's been this "speed carry-over" the past couple of days; yesterday I ended up running much faster than planned and the day before was my first interval run of the year.
The hill is not easy. It averages 8% grade for a half mile, the first half being much steeper than the second. I did 10 miles and then decided to do 5 miles at "moderate, maybe marathon" pace. I averaged 9 minutes per mile for these, which would be about 7 min/mile on flat ground. I ended up with 15 miles in exactly 150 minutes and stood in place trying to convince myself to continue. I decided to do a relatively flat cool down instead and try to get to 4 hours or so. Three miles later, I was bonking, so I quit. 18 miles, 3:03. A flat ground equivalent would be about 22.5 in 3:03.
I'll take it.
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