Uphill battles

My past few outdoor runs I have been getting the hang of my Garmin Forerunner 10. So far I am really happy with it. It’s extremely basic but all the functions I need are there and I am content with keeping my running technology as streamlined as possible. I don’t want to be messing with a watch so much that I forget to just run with a free mind.

My watch has taught me a few handy lessons so far. First, I am finding out that my internal running watch that I have been relying on the past several years is indeed fairly accurate. What a relief. There was a definite possibility that I had been imagining it. What I mean is that my body’s intuitive pace does keep me at a reasonably consistent speed across the miles without looking at the watch.

However, my new device has also made clear to me that the one exception to my body’s consistent internal metronome is during uphill climbs. Hill after hill I saw my pace nosedive from just below goal time to epic fail. I knew I wasn’t much of a hill person but I didn’t realize it was THAT bad. Oh, well. Now that I know the weakness exists I can take steps to repair it. Even during the same run that I noticed the pattern I was able to push myself to keep my uphill pace more in line on subsequent climbs.

Some hill workouts are probably in order to get my body more prepared for the task. I ran high school cross country (rather poorly at the time) and had a coach who used to take us to the biggest hills in town and have us run race pace or faster to the peak plus the 100 meters following. I’ll have to channel my former hyper-fit, superstar runner to commit myself to doing this unpleasant workout sometime. I would just channel my high school self but, seriously, I was kind of a miserable distance runner at 17, so that probably wouldn’t help at all.

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