Friday, December 14, 2012

Z-Hill Repeats

A run was a good way to shake off the sadness of that horrific school shooting down in Connecticut. My students and I followed the story as it was breaking and we were all pretty shocked and disturbed. Didn't really feel like running when the day was done as a result, but figured it would help clear my head a little.

Glad I went and the workout went well. This was the Z-Hill route at the cemetery  As the name implies, there are two hairpin turns on the way up, so that adds to the challenge. It's .17 miles long,  climbs about 23 feet for elevation (post edit: appears to be more than that but hard to say by how much) and some parts are steeper than others.

Did 10 reps total with about a tenth of a mile of active recovery for the jog back downhill. Took an extended break of about 3:40 after five reps. Times were :60, :58, :59*, :61, :61, :58, :63, :60, :63 and :59. Asterisk on that third rep as it's estimated since I forgot to hit the lap button.

Could definitely feel how tired my legs were on the cool down, which assured me that the workout went well. Pretty stoked. This week is shaping up well in terms of mileage and quality...and it looks like the snowshoes will see some action next week. Bring on the snow!

w/u: Ran 2.1 miles @ 8:26/mile pace.
10 X Hill Repeats w/ active recovery. 2.7 miles @ 8:04/mile pace total, sans the extended break midway.
c/d: Ran 2.1 miles @ 9:20/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Very hilly.
Mid to lower 40s, sunny, windy.
Brooks Mach 13, shorts, windbreaker (w/u, c/d), long sleeved shirt, beanie (w/u, c/d), gloves (w/u, c/d).

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