Munday Runday: Hill Training Starts in New Mexico

During the past couple of years, the Cleveland Marathon has brutally included hills for the last 3 miles of the race. Brutal. I used to live in Little Italy, at the foot of the Mayfield Hill, so hill training was simply built into my running routine, but since we moved to Cleveland Heights, it’s been a little easier to avoid challenging hills on my everyday runs. I know that I need to include hills in my training because I recently registered for a half marathon that may change my point of view on those Cleveland Marathon molehills…

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As you may or may not know, I love running while traveling. It’s such a fun way to explore new places and make sure I stay on track with training schedules. A few weeks ago, I went to Silver City, NM and spent a lot of time running on a track in town because of the challenging roads and hills. One day, though, I managed 4.5 miles on the track and still had energy, so I ran another 1.5 on the looming hills. These hills were fun and painful, but I loved every minute of that run. The sights were beautiful and I forgot that I was running STRAIGHT UP. The pictures can’t do the inclines justice, but let’s just say I won’t be running any hills that steep here in Cleveland. But, I most definitely will be increasing the incline on my training runs for the next couple of months, though, because I don’t want to make this November half marathon any more difficult than it already is! Thanks for the hill training kickstart, New Mexico!

-K

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