Aw, HILL NO!

My blog posts have been few and far between and that’s because my focus has been to the hills. I will say that it’s been a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with hill training. When I was running a couple weeks ago, I shouted out loud at the hill, “I HATE YOU SAN FRANCISCO! I HATE YOU SAN FRANCISCO!” Not going to lie, it did make going up the hill a little bit easier.

A runner that ran the San Francisco Rock ‘n’ Roll last year told me via twitter that last year’s total course elevation was around 1100 feet. Now I’ve made it my goal to hit 1100 feet (and maybe a little more) on a training run. And that’s the beauty of signing up for a challenging course like the SF RNR, I’m forced to do things my typical lazy self would never do.

Here’s a recap of my hill training runs the past month:

2/5: 9 miles – 651 ft
2/11: 4 miles – 422 ft
2/14: 4 miles – 420 ft
2/16: 4 miles – 308 ft
2/17: 11 miles – 961 ft
2/28: 10 miles – 975 ft

My past two long runs hit 900+ feet. Less than 200 more feet to go!

Even though running hills makes my legs muscles feel exhausted and my lungs feel like they’re going to explode, there is a level of satisfaction when you get to the top of hill that can never be matched from running on an even surface. I love (finally) getting to the top of an incline and the view is majestic. I feel very blessed to be running in California and have the choice of several different trails, each with their own spectacular views. Okay hills, I’ll admit it. I don’t actually hate you, and maybe I even love you?

That is the beauty of signing up for a challenging course like the San Francisco Rock n Roll. It finally gave the the motivation to tackle hill running. I was such a scaredy cat before.

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Weekly Training Recap

Mon: 4 miles

Tues: 4 miles – 558 ft elevation gain
Hills day! My running partner and I made it a new years resolutions to tackle hills on our weekly runs. We finally mustered up the courage to run at an infamously hilly trail. We have a lot of work to do as this run included a lot of walking, but getting there is half the battle right?

Wed: Rest Day

Thurs: 1 mile 
Attempting to run four days a week again. Last time I ran 4 days a week, my ITBS started flaring up. Hoping that all the strength training, stretching and foam rolling will help the ITBS be a thing of the past.

Fri: 10 miles – 105 ft gain
Ran the first two miles with my husband, made the 10 miles go by much faster! Even though I dread getting up earlier for long runs, I always feel so great afterwards – especially after a double digit run!

Sat: Insanity: Cardio Power & Resistance
Posting this before it actually happens with the hopes that it will actually make me do it 😉

Total mileage: 19 miles

T-minus 9 weeks til the San Francisco Rock N Roll.

2014 Runsolutions

Quotes to Run By
(source: Stephan Lawson Designs)

Being the goal oriented person that I am, I love making resolutions. Being the procrastinator that I am, I’m making my “2014” running resolutions (Runsolutions from here on out) at the end of January.

1. Run three half marathons
I’m taking a break from marathons for at least a year. Give my body a little bit of much needed rest. I still want to race, so instead of two marathons, let’s shoot for three halves. Sounds like a good trade off. I’m hoping to run one in the spring, Disney in the summer (yes, Run Disney has me wrapped around their little money printing finger), and another one in the fall.

2. Run 800-900 miles
This past year I ran 1,000 miles. ONE THOUSAND MILES. 1,162 miles to be exact. Yeah, even I feel like I’m lying. I hit the 1,000 mile mark in late fall. I felt like the Little Engine That Could. This mileage total was due to training for the two marathons. Without the two marathons, I’m not sure if I can hit the 1,000 mark again. I’ll aim for 900 and be happy with 800. I haven’t quite figured out what my weekly mileage is going to be or what type of maintenance plan I’m going to use until I start training for the races. I’m getting married this year and have almost a month’s worth of travel plans, tons of fun, but it may throw a little wrench into my yearly running total, not quite sure what is realistic here.

3. Run FASTER
Slow and steady wins the race. But sometimes you just want to be faster. I want to start incorporating speed work into my runs.

4. Set a half-marathon PR
This is almost a sub goal of number three. Even with several years of running under my belt, I haven’t seen an improvement in my race times. All of the races I entered before, I entered to finish. Now I want to push myself to set a half marathon PR.

5. Cross and strength train
Ugh. I get resistance even typing this goal. Cross and strength training are what I slack on most. I got better with cross training, I just don’t have a lot of joy in doing it. In addition to whatever my running schedule ends up being, I will add one day of cross training. I believe that my lack of strength training is the reason I’m having problems with my IT band. I promise to not neglect it this year.

6. Kick the IT Band Pain to the Curb
See above. Bye, bye ITBS!