Hills and The Screaming Pumpkin!

Hills! The “sport specific” running workout! Running hills has so many benefits. Not only do they make you stronger, (remember last week we spoke about Strength training?) but when done correctly, Hills can actually help smooth out your form. There are many ways to run a hill workout and really, none of them are wrong. The trick to running hills is to focus on your form. A lot of people just run hills. They have no thought of how they’re doing them, they just run them. And yes they are gaining some benefits of hill running, but they’re leaving so much change behind on the counter…

If you want to break down the specifics of Hill running, I would suggest reading Running The Lydiard Way  by Arthur Lydiard and Garth Gilmor.

 

Got time for a personal anecdote on hill running? Sure you do!

As part of my journey to recovery, I started running with a group that met Tuesdays & Wednesdays at Sunset Hill Park in Valparaiso, IN. I had been invited to run with this group many, many times over the last year and figured that it would be nice to meet some new “runner” friends. As I travel quite a bit thru the week, I managed to meet at least once a week on one or the other days. The first time out there the hills killed me! But I was determined not to let them beat me!

I started getting stronger, really fast too. I was really surprised how the hill work was making me stronger. I decided to get their early one day. So after dropping my son off at school, I headed to the park early and got 5 miles in before the group met. It was a short day for them as they were all tapering for the Chicago Marathon. I ended up with 8 miles…of hills. My longest hardest work out since surgery! The next week I met a couple of the runners an hour early again and got 12 miles in that day! I was really pumped! And then I let it get to me…

When I got home I emailed a customer…and asked him if I could still get in his marathon the next weekend! I figured that since 2Toms was sponsoring it and I needed to be there…I should just run it…

So 200 total miles from surgery with ONE 8 mile and ONE 12 Mile run under my belt… I jump into Running Central’s “Screaming Pumpkin” Prediction Marathon! It’s a 6.55 mile loop thru a graveyard lit with glowsticks in little white bags!

Without going into to many details, I finished the Marathon on what could best be described as a freaking hilly course thru a graveyard! Thanks to the Hill work I did with the Run Club at Sunset Hill, I finished my first marathon in over 10 years and showed that I was halfway back to where I wanted to be… but what else did you expect from…

 

The Recovering Runner!