I’ve been avoiding running all this month because I have realized how much I absolutely hate running. I want to buy one of these shirts and wear it every time I run, because for me, it is 100% true.
Today, with Team In Training our practice was hills. While the Nation’s triathlon is mostly flat, hill running develops leg strength, and higher end cardiovascular conditioning. We ran one mile up 72nd Drive across East Drive to the Loeb Boathouse. The hill at the boathouse didn’t look too intimidating, however it was in actuality, really hard. I went up and back about five times (which is nothing in comparison to some of the other runners!) for 15-20 minutes and was exhausted. After running another mile back to where we started, my hamstrings were completely sore.
The hill after the Central Park Loeb Boathouse, up to the light and back!
With nearly 45 days left until the actual day, I’ve really got to step up my game. I’m forcing myself to wake up early tomorrow morning to get in a 10-12 mile bike ride before work (which should help with strengthening my hamstrings). I’ve decided that all my time and money for the next month and a half is going to go into swimming, biking, running and eating at Whole Foods (that’s a whole other post - eating well ) because I am officially paranoid that I won’t be ready for the race.
And this time, I promise I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!
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