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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Skip to My Loo

Yesterday’s workout consisted of skipping hill repeats. This is where you literally skip up the hill. It is a strength building exercise. I did a lot of those workouts last year, but this was my first one of this season. I never see anyone else doing them. I can’t imagine why, they are so much fun.

ST ran towards me while I was skipping on my second repeat. He tried to talk me into doing a loop with him instead of continuing up the hill. I refused to let him detour me from completing my scheduled workout. I suspect he was trying to sabotage my training to give him a leg up at this year’s IMLP.

So I did my first five skippy repeats one right after the other. It was starting to get more difficult as time wore on. By the sixth repeat I found myself standing at the bottom of the hill and staring up at it. I was taking some time to contemplate skipping up this damn thing again. It was actually quite nice outside during this time. The sun was shining from behind me, casting a nice long shadow up the hill. The wind was blowing, satisfyingly robbing me of my accumulated body heat. It was really a beautiful and peaceful early springtime scene that I am glad to take a moment to appreciate.

So after standing at the bottom of the hill for several minutes with a goofy smile I my face, I finally talked myself into skipping up it again. My sixth repeat of a scheduled 8, but I had the feeling this would be my last one. I got up the hill in good form, but my HR was not rising as high as it was supposed to. I knew I was done. I grabbing my water bottle from my stash place and ran home.



The following is my message to coach about the workout:

I did a total of 6 skipping repeats. I stopped after 6 as I could no longer get my HR to 85% much less over. My HR max over all repeats was 89%. Perhaps it was just too cold to get it over 90% (95% was just not happening). I did a very slow run home.

The duration for each repeat was approximately 4 minutes up and 4 minutes down. The distance for each repeat was .4M and I figure my total distance today was around 7.8 miles.

The butt kicks on the way down the hill really kicked my butt. I found them much more difficult than skipping.

I am not particularly sore or tired, but I do feel as though I no longer have any muscle fibers left to train. I am afraid that if I do the 8M on Friday, I will fall apart again on Sunday. Should I continue with the plan or should we cut back on the next two days to setup a strong weekend?

C

Run Stats:
Time: 1:16:15
Dist: 7.8
HR: 141/164
TiZ (155/137): A - 14:03 I - 32:15 B - 29:57 (I stopped several times to contemplate skipping back up the hill).
Calories: 998 (had I known, I would have run another 50 feet).



1 Comments:

Blogger Beast said...

The author states for the record that he did not think ST was trying to sabotage his training. He was just trying to get a rise out of his friend.

3:50 PM  

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