I don’t know how to track the elevation/grade/whatever of my runs on my garmin. I just plug it in to runningahead, and it doesn’t seem to do that. I think it used to tell me that info when I used garmin training center. Not sure though. So? So I have no idea on my “hilly” runs, like I did this weekend, if they are really even hilly – like compared to what others do and what Little Rock would be – or if they just seem hilly because they are hillier than my flat neighborhood.
And on the treadmill, I really don’t know what would be considered a good hilly workout to help me for Little Rock. i.e. I don’t know what running at a 1, 2, 3 incline, etc. really equates to on the road. And does it vary from treadmill to treadmill?
Here’s what I did today on the TM:
1/2 mile at 1%; 1.5 miles starting at 2% and going up to 5% and down and back up; 2 miles starting at 2% and going up slowly (1/2 mile increments, then 1/4 mile increments for last 2) to 4.5%; decline of -3% for .2 miles; then about 1 1/2 miles at 1%, then the rest from 2% up to 5%.
It felt like a good workout, but not impossible. Since Little Rock talks about a 2 mile hill from mile 15 -16, I thought it would be good to start practicing a 2 mile hill (thus my 2 miles from 2% – 4.5% incline). Should I make the incline more? (And I know it will be different in the race since the first 14 miles will be random hilliness too).
Ideas on what workouts would be good for me? Should I be increasing these inclines? Should I be doing short fast hill repeats instead? (The pace on all this hill TM workout was about 9:40, which is about 70 seconds slower then my goal MP).
I can say that the hill workout I did on the TM today felt much easier than when I started doing them in December (when I did 2.2 miles of hills). I am getting stronger, I can tell. From weights, pilates and the hills, no doubt.
Any help/insight would be appreciated!
the big red dog jumped over the green bush. (this is typed at the request of my son, who was amazed that I could type while looking up talking to him about school; I know. I’m amazing!)