Despite a chilly, relentless rain we took the XC team out for a nice 6.1 mile hill run. Actually, this course really only features one hill, but it goes up for 2.8 miles, getting progressively steeper until you reach the top. It's a buttkicker, and our team looked really strong pushing up to the top.
Part of the descent is on trails, and I pulled ahead with the frontrunners during this stretch. Some fun was had splashing each other with mud (these are high school kids after all) when we reached any particularly big puddles. Great workout, and we (or should I say, I) really pushed it hard. Very happy with the pace and heart rate for a route this hilly. Amazing how much the cooler temps can make a difference in performance.
Ran 6.1 miles @ 7:02/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 159/171
Paved roads and waterlogged trails.
Mid-upper 50s, steady driving rain.