Nothing is more daunting than looking from the bottom of a hill that you know it is going to take longer than 30 seconds to get to the top. This week’s Saturday run took us through part of the route we will be tackling for the Blue Nose Marathon which included a hill. Even though we are training on Citadel Hill on Tuesdays, I still start to panic while trying to get to the top of a hill during a run.
This Saturday we were running 5 minutes and walking 1 minute for a total of 40 minutes. We were on around the second 5 minute interval when we met with the hill in Point Pleasant Park. Halfway up, I start to panic. Panic, among other things, can cause you to breathe even faster than you already are and can bring you to a stop when you are running. Fortunately for me, I was Devin’s project this Saturday and when I started to falter, walking 2 or 3 steps, he wouldn’t let me. “Just 1 more minute. You can do this.” I dug in and pushed up the hill and continued on.
The next time we run the same route, I will still be apprehensive but I know I can run it. This will keep the panic at bay. Awesome run with an awesome group!