8 x :30 uphill surge (fast, focus on powering with your butt)/ 3:00 easy
There may be something wrong with me. I loved everything about this workout.
It was cold. (34 degrees) I needed to layer up in my winter gear. The first cold run is the hardest. I always get it too hot or too cold. I was overdressed – I didn’t need a thermal base layer, yet. I know that just 2 posts ago I was complaining about having to put on mittens, but I remembered last night that I really enjoy running in the cold.*
It was dark. I’m not a fan of the short days. And I’m not quite adjusted. This was not an intentional night run, I forgot. Just poor planning on the timing of the workout. But off I went with my head lamp and my lovely blinking safety vest. (I’ m threatening my kids with getting one that blinks: “I’m Will & Hannah’s mom”).
It was hard. In the middle of the second surge uphill I was thinking that 5 repeats might be a little more reasonable to start, but I pushed out all 8. When I was finished, every bit of my body felt like it had been worked hard. My arms, core, legs, and butt were fully engaged in the effort. As was my focus and intention.
The cool down run home, blinking away in the dark, felt glorious.
* I think one of the reasons I like cold weather, winter running is that the pollen is finally gone. My asthma and breathing is so much better. Very cold air can present issues, but I’m good until well below freezing.