Hill Circuit Workout (aka: peel me off the floor now)

I am not happy to be in these cold temperatures again, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do to get the training done.

I would’ve preferred to do today’s workout outdoors, but the streets are treacherous still and the park I like to run isn’t plowed (mostly snowshoers and cross country skiing done there right now), so treadmill it is. I moved the workout from Tuesday to today because of travel, which also meant I was doing it after I did a strength workout with my personal trainer. Luckily, today wasn’t a leg-focused day with him, but the workout exhausted my upper body and core.

Then I did what my running coach called a hill circuit. It was 8 times 90 seconds hard up a 6% incline, 45 seconds jog, 30 seconds stride and then a 2 minute recovery jog.


Suffice it to say, I was worn out pretty good by the end of this one.

I feel like I run hills better (meaning I am faster while working about the same effort level) on the road vs the treadmill. Same goes for the strides, although these I ran slower than usual because I didn’t want to burn out and not be able to do the hills right. So I’m mostly ok with how this went today, but also feel like on a different (non-strength) day and outside it would’ve been a better performance. I would’ve liked the hills to be more in the 7:45 range and the strides in the mid-6s or so.

The NYC Half is in less than 4 weeks. The first half has some hills through Central Park, then the second half is flat. Should be interesting. I’m really unsure how to approach it just because when I focus on time/pace, I seem to get an anxious stomach. My coach will have suggestions for me as we get closer to the race.

What I can say is that I’m excited to be running a race through NYC. I have friends coming to cheer for me too, so it should be a fun weekend.

Speaking of treadmills, did you know they have them for horses? I spotted this one at the horse show last week.



7 thoughts on “Hill Circuit Workout (aka: peel me off the floor now)

  1. I have hills tomorrow. Not as crazy as yours – 10 x 60 sec hils with jog down recovery. It’s only my 3rd or 4th set of hills I have ever done, so I don’t know what kind of effect they have on my running (yet). But I certainly do understand from y’all other runners that is does help! I have a 30K run in march that has hills, which is why I have them in my plan.

    Anyway, great job and can’t wait to hear about your half in NYC!


  2. I used to hate hill repeats – or hilly training routes. But now I like them. I see how much they help get stronger and faster. And when you come to a hill in a race, it’s not such a big deal.

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