Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hills, hills and snakes

Last night we were back at Edworthy for group hill repeats on the bike. We went up the hill once and into the nearby neighborhood for a quick warm up. No surprise my legs were tired going up the hill... I figured I'd just ride...see what happened and take it slow. As I kept going up and up the legs felt better. I didn't ride as quickly as last week, and I got in the same number of hill repeats for a total of six.

My brick run was optional but I was feeling good so I took off with my teammate Pam. We were supposed to go out and back along the river for 15 minutes and we hit our turnaround point before I knew it. All in all, a good night of hill repeats and a great brick!

I had an optional rest day today, but since I won't have time to get my run in tomorrow I decided to do it today. I headed out to Baker Park for the first time this year for a 5 mile run. This probably wasn't my smartest decision since the pathway along the river here is hilly. I just sucked it up and made peace with the fact that this run wouldn't be speedy. At least it was gorgeous out and warm! As I was coming down the final big hill with one mile left to go I looked down...just a little too late...and saw a snake!! It was just a little itty bitty snake, but it still scared the crap out of me and I jumped and screamed like a total girl. Yeah, that was enough incentive to get me to pick up the pace for the last mile back!

12 comments:

Missy said...

I'm totally a wimp on snakes too! That is my only reservation on trail running. What would I do?! Nice job on the brick. Hills WILL only make you stronger!

teacherwoman said...

Nice workouts! Glad you were able to adjust your schedule so you could get that run in. Gotta be flexible, right?!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

the snake would make me run "fast" too lol.

Lauren said...

All the snakes come out this time of year (well, a few months ago down here). They are all still lathargic from the winter and mover really slow. That should make them less scarier, but somehow it doesn't. Good jub on the workouts. Enjoy your rest day today.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Ha, it's a snake! A reptile without legs. Not a swift moving creature. So SuperGirl is afraid of something....

lindsay said...

omg! i would have made a new mile record. i haaattteee snakes!! i jump even just seeing smushed ones on the road. now i am totally eeked out just thinking about them. shudder.

Marlene said...

Awesome job on your hill repeats and brick run, AND the 5-miler the next day!

I would have screamed like a girl, too. I'm not such a fan of snakes...

Alexandra said...

UGH! Snakes! I wonder what kind of peak your heart rate graph would show with the snake incident!

RoadBunner said...

I almost stepped on a snake running once, too! Since I usually run in cities it was a major wake-up call for me!

Brian said...

SNAKES!! haha, hopefully you run faster then those little guys

Hill workouts will benefit you in a NUMBER of ways. Even if you didnt plan on a hill workout, the endurance will pay off in any race, no doubt!

Badgergirl said...

Snakes. *Shudder*

Nice job on the workouts!

Run For Life said...

I would have picked up the pace as well!