“If you are having trouble in the foothills, you will die on Heartbreak…If you are not having trouble on the foothills, you will die on Heartbreak”

First; here is the route for my run today.  24 degrees and gray outside, a little windy. I was comfortable in a base layer and some fleece pants, hat, gloves, light jacket and wool socks over my dry fits. I am always nervous about running in cold or rainy weather, but it usually is just fine.

Second; posting title: I am not sure who sounded that warning first, but I have heard it many times since I was a kid. I have fond memories of watching dozens of bundled up people run by my house in New Hampshire whether in rain, snow, or deceitful frozen sunshine, on a 20 mile organized  training run, every March, year after year.  I would aspire to join them. At the time I had no concept of what series of hills could do to a person AFTER running over 15 miles already. With another 5+ miles to go after the last hill!

I was back in New England a few weeks ago and was shocked to see the hills. Everywhere hills! Driving along the streets where I grew up I was in disbelief that I used to run all over those hills. Those hills! I never realized I was running on all those hills! I just went from point A to point B, or in loop, or out and back, and tried not to trip on the edge of the pavement or twist my ankle on a pine cone.

4 years in Chicago has made me a complete and utter, injury ridden wimp! What am I going to do! — Such were the thoughts running through my mind on a sleepless night recently.

In trying to find some reliable information on the inclines of each hill on the Boston Marathon course last night, I stumbled upon this article by Marc Chalufour. And now it’s the DECLINES not the inclines that are making my shudder. I already began jotting down some exercises to add to my training to try to get my joints extra stable before the marathon.

Here are the inclines I have found so far, I pulled this text directly from a forum

“It’s rolling before this but starting at mile 16 for .6 mile set at 2.4% incline,

then mile 17.6 for .3m 4.7% incline,

mile 19.2 for .4m 3% incline,

mile 20.3 for .4m 4.6% incline”

I have done two hills workouts on the treadmill so far. I am keeping track of how many “hills” I do per workout and the inclines, as well as total feet climbed so I can chart it to be sure I stay on track.

My long run is scheduled for tomorrow, but I am going to push it back to Saturday. Just about every injury I have ever had seems to be hurting today. I have one shin wrapped, a foot braced, a heating pad waiting on my pillow, and a night splint ready to go. I am going to try to go swim tomorrow after work, and spend some time quality time with my foam roller

Good grief, is week 2 over yet?!

-AB

All wrapped up and resting with Penelope post run.

All wrapped up and resting with Penelope post run.

One response to ““If you are having trouble in the foothills, you will die on Heartbreak…If you are not having trouble on the foothills, you will die on Heartbreak”

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