Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hill training

I only have 11 days 17 yours and 7 minutes to prepare for my next run, according to the ticker on the front page of the St. Patrick's Day Dash in Seattle.  The first year we ran the route in 2008 was an amazing flat route that ended on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, but now because of City issues the route has been changed it included a 1.5 mile hill. The beauty of the run is that once you go up, the only way back to the finish is down!  Makes for a speedy second half of the race.
Course Map
I mapped out the race on MapMyRun to determine the grade increase. Because at times it just feels like it is unbearable. According to MapMyRun the hill is about 1.5 miles long. The highest percent of increase is 7% - eeek! My goal this year is to run the entire hill, even if its just at a slow pace.  I have a 4 mile run planned for today, looks like I am going to make mile 2-3.5 a hill of some sort, maybe try a little bit at 7%! - honestly that frightens me, but heck I can try.


  1. Yikes on the 7%.....BUT YOU CAN DO IT! I know you can do it. I wish we lived near each other so we could hill train (and whine about it) together. That might actually make the time go faster. I won't say it will make it less painful, though. lol

    Wow...I guess all of the patty day races ARE right around the corner. I signed up for the one in Portland, and cannot recall what day it's on. Maybe I shouldn't look.....

  2. Thanks for the vote of confidence Heather. Thankfully the 7% part isn't to long.