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Today I ran my hill (the little one)

Today I enjoyed a 1 hour and 20 minutes long run. As I had finally “cracked the code” of mixing in 20 % fast running into my slow running, I allowed myself to use part of today for it. It’s simple really, if you read my plan you know all I have to do is divide total time or distance per week by 10. This is my easy run. Now it’s even simpler … 20% of this is twice the length of an easy run! So I can speed up twice per week during my medium runs. In minutes this means 80 minutes per week I can indulge in speed or hills or stairs or anything that makes my heart jump!

I used today to finally try and run up my hill. To my astonishment it was easy! My heart rate was an average of 153 and the pace was 9:15 min/km. The segment is a 5% grade over 1 km and I always had to walk this thing to keep my heart rate low (and in the beginning just to survive) … you have no idea how many times I walked this little beast … today I ran … slowly moving up and swoop – done!

I also of course went treasure hunting and spotted a rusty machine pulling a boat (see the featured image on top) and TheRock in disguise!

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15 thoughts on “Today I ran my hill (the little one)”

  1. Looks like Coliemore Harbour and Dalkey Island. Which would mean you’re in a beautiful part of the country, though perhaps somewhat hemmed in by roads and traffic? Do you ever head out somewhere to run in the countryside, or even up the Dublin Mountains? (Now that you’re a hill runner 😉 ) And of course, you can swim in the sea too, if that takes your fancy. I’ve found swimming to be beneficial for my running in terms of overall aerobic fitness, and also for breathing, and getting really good lungfuls of air.

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    1. You are spot on! Killiney beach is my home beach and I indeed venture out to the mountains, well at least that direction! Looking forward to be able to run further though. I am trying to give this swimming a go … but slowly. It’s the perfect cool down and since a couple of days my feet didn’t go numb, so the sea is getting warmer! Love your blog btw 🙂 thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Glad to hear that you are enjoying your running and making progress too! It all sounds good. Cliff snot makes me feel sorry for the rock. I wouldn’t like to be covered in snot 😳

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