This morning I had a flashback to Jan/Feb... when I was doing all my running at MAF HR... which essentially meant a lot of walking/jogging... there are lots of hills around my house and I could not run up any of them with the HR I was supposed to stay under. I finished a lot of runs in those months frustrated and in tears b/c it just plain sucked. But I stuck with the plan and did as I was instructed and had faith that at some point it would pay off.
Fast forward to today. I ran switchbacks up a mountain. Literally. I lost count of how many of these I did. A lot.
A couple weeks ago I told coach about a climb that was available to me... I was actually envisioning biking up it so I told him about it as an option for climbing if he wanted me to do such a thing... I should have known though how his brain was going to interpret that... he is a mountain runner after all... So instead of thinking that I should ride up it he asked if I could run up it... um, well, um, I suppose I could?... I should have known that when I hired a mountain runner to coach me that eventually I would be running up mountains. Duh.
Truth be told I was nervous about this workout. It's been on my TP schedule for a few weeks now... Just staring at me. As I was driving to my starting point this morning I was calling on all the crazy workouts and races I have done in the last ~10 years... Ironmans and Double Roughwater swims and Century rides... and I ran up that mountain on Moloka'i last summer... I'm pretty sure that mountain run was harder than the one I was going to do today, and I'm 100x more fit now than I was then, so I didn't really question IF I could do it... I was more worried about how it would feel and how I would handle it. Because today I had not only a 5 mile climb to 1750 ft, but then a 5 mile descent as well. I am truly testing the power of Recovery e21.
Anyway, turns out, it was an awesome run. I had no problems running up or down it. I enjoyed the whole thing. I took a few pictures too... nice run, huh?
Another switchback... Don't worry, I didn't take a picture of all of them. Just two. They all pretty much look the same anyway.
View of West Oahu from near the top...
Turn around and you see Honolulu, Waikiki and Diamond Head off in the distance...
Running down I was rewarded with this view. The camera doesn't even start to give it justice.
Anyway, I feel completely fine right now. Keep trying to kill me, Coach. I've still got all 9 of my lives remaining. :)