This morning reminded my a little bit of my first couple of weeks of C25K. Perhaps it was the rain and drizzle, or the fact that I was running Saturday and Sunday again, or maybe it’s because I’ve just started a new training plan, but for the first time in months I felt excited about my run without the pressure of feeling that I had to push myself to run in order to keep making progress.
After yesterday’s Parkrun, my plan for this morning was to head to the park for some hill practice. While I’m getting pretty good at maintaining a steady pace on the flat, I do struggle with the inclines. I know that I could maintain my pace running uphill, but my worry is that I’ll use up so much energy that I won’t have anything left for the last couple of kilometres.
So, I headed out just before 8am in the cold and drizzle, feeling surprisingly ache free after yesterday’s run. The park itself was fairly quiet, so I took my time to do some stretches and set off on my run at a good pace.
As expected, I struggled a bit with the inclines so I tried taking shorter strides, landing more towards the balls of my feet than the middle. Although I couldn’t maintain this for the entire incline, I found that it made me feel a lot lighter and enabled me to pick up a bit of speed for the steeper sections.
I have read a little bit about running uphill, but now that I’m doing it, I should probably look into it some more.
All in all, I didn’t improve my pace by much on this morning’s run, even though it was only 3K. However, I am learning new lessons with each run which will hopefully help me to run more efficiently in the long run.
What are your thoughts on running uphill? How do you adapt your running style for different terrains? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.