I should title this post—> The time I lost my car keys on my trail run. They fell out of my pocket. If you live in Utah and find a single car key just hanging out in the mountains, let me know. Some day I will figure out life and not have to constantly call my dad to have him save the day but until then… I will just keep losing everything.
It was a great run though. My legs felt fresh and they wanted to cruise. This pic is at the top of a .5 mile STEEP hill that used to kill me the first few times I did it. I think hill training will be my secret weapon for Boston training. It is a miracle for me to get through marathon training injury free so I can’t do a ton of speed work (because when I do, I get injured). Instead of lots of speed, I will also work on getting strong from the hills.
Hills are speed work in disguise. A disguise that makes your lungs almost explode and every muscle in your lower body burn.
“It’s the worst kept secret in running: If you want to improve strength and speed, run hills…. Running up hills forces the knees to lift higher, one of the most desirable developments for any runner, because this governs stride speed and length.” (source)
Looking for some hill workouts to try and how to run hills? Here are some great sources:
7 Hill Running Workouts That Increase Power, How to Run Hills Correctly, How to Learn to Love Running Hills (includes 5 hill workouts), a treadmill hill workout I used to do a lot, the 3 hill workouts I used for my cross-country kids, and Three Workouts for Better Hill Running.
The moon looked pretty sweet this morning.
A little later on we went over to Paige’s house to blow dry our hair.
And then it was back home for the classics. It is alarming how quickly we go through this bbq sauce.
PS Fun (or maybe not so fun) fact—> A DQ was just built in a parking lot that I drive by DAILY. From this time forward I will get to be tempted to stop and buy a huge oreo blizzard every single day of my life. Good thing marathon training starts soon…
You can check out my latest article about my deep love for running with my sister HERE!
Would you say you are injury prone or does it take quite a bit of wear and tear for you to get injured?
Who runs with one of their siblings?
Any restaurants/ice cream places/donut shops near you that call to you daily?
Favorite blizzard flavor?