My biggest problem is lack of time. I always say, if only I didn’t have a job I would be an awesome runner. Ha ha. I realize everyone reading this feels the same. But, necessity is the mother of invention.
I have invented a way for me to get speed and hills in during a combo run. The run lasts anywhere from 6 to 10 miles, depending on, well, time.
Basically, it combines 2 miles of rolling hills complemented by a few straights along the route. Then there is a one mile descent and a number of flat miles. Return up the hill, back over the rolling hills, and back to my house.
I warm up for the first two miles. I book it down the hill at a controlled but fast pace (around 7:30 or so). I tempo it for the flats (under 8:00), which are 2-5 miles. Then I push it back up the hill as hard as I can (measured by RPE, not my watch). When I reach the top, I don’t rest or slow down like I used too. I have no time for such things :-).I pick up my pace for the last miles of rolling hills, finishing with another tempo.
It’s a great little combination run.
I am reading a book on the mental component of running and used the affirmation technique this morning. I felt like a complete idiot reciting, “I love hills,” as I climbed. But low and behold, it kind of worked. I pushed hard all the way to the end.
Nice. When you have no time, I say “Combine!”