Posted by: runawaynotes | October 10, 2012

Done with hills!!!!

This week marks the end of the “Strength” phase of my marathon training, which means that yesterday was my last day of doing hill repeats [doing a little happy dance]. We did 8 repeats on the Flagpole hill (elevation gain of 141 ft over about quarter of a mile), and I HATED every minute of it. Our training program stated that we should be going uphill at a race pace. Well, that didn’t happen. I sort of attempted to stay somewhere close to race pace for the first two rounds, and then I threw in the towel and just concentrated on putting one foot in front of the other.  My knee started hurting on my sixth ascent. It wasn’t extreme kind of pain, but I definitely felt discomfort when I put my weight on it. This got me thinking that I’m probably going to bust this knee completely on race day. Oh well, as long as it holds up through the training, I will be happy. By my last hill repeat, my legs were absolutely numb. I don’t remember ever getting so tired in this short amount of time, but I kept telling myself “If I could do this 8 times in a row now, I will be able to do it on race day”.

Next 5 weeks will be the “Sharpen” phase of my training program. We’ll be concentrating on speedwork and longer distances – so, tempo, progression, mile repeats, and more strides. Seems like a piece of cake compared to hills 🙂



  1. I always hated Flagpole hill repeats! They are really tough (and kind of boring). I’d much rather incorporate hills into as many runs as possible. Have you ever tried running up that long hill behind Flagpole? It’s a killer, but also great training.

    • Ah, the never ending hill! I think the street is called Lanshire. It just keeps on going forever. We usually hit it on our long Saturday runs. If I’m lucky, it’s at the beginning of the run. If I’m not so lucky, it’s at the end lol.

      • Yes, that’s the one. I’d actually rather do Lanshire a few times than Flagpole. It’s good training, and you’ll see more of those types of hills in races than the Flagpole kind. But any hill is a good hill to train on!

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