I could say I love running up hills and that I’m actually a Massai warrior. But I don’t really like running up hills.
Since hills are pretty much everywhere in metro Atlanta I thought I’d at least try some different hills. Maybe I’d like yours better. Please help me with my Course-of-the-Month program between now and the AJC Peachtree Road Race. More on that below.
In my first post I was upfront about my undisciplined training regimen in recent years. I guess my casual approach to training doesn’t technically qualify as a regimen. If I ran a couple of miles here and a couple of miles there in the weeks before the Peachtree – Great Success!
In fact, I’ve only run as far as 6.2 miles 22 times in my life – all on July 4th. But my familiarity with the Peachtree’s 6.2 mile course, with its ups and downs, has helped keep me vertical until the finish line. So far.
Since the first two miles of the course through Buckhead are mostly downhill, I am usually well down the road before I start to huff and puff. The next two miles are more of a challenge, especially when Piedmont Hospital rises to taunt me from the top of Cardiac Hill.
When I make it that far without capitulating into a walk, I know I can usually keep plodding along until I reach Piedmont Park.
I run almost exclusively during mornings in my hilly neighborhood, Ansley Park. I’ve been running a two-mile course most of this winter. This weekend I’m ready to bump that up to three miles, plotting a course with mapmyrun.com. The extra distance will kill me keep me on schedule with the Jeff Galloway 10K training plan.
I’d like to hear your suggestions for a three-mile run, either in your neighborhood or one that you bike or drive to for training. I’ll also ask for course nominations in May and June. You can specify a start and finish, or I’ll plot my own three-mile course. I’ll select one of the nominees soon and run it at least twice, and then I’ll dare to compare it on this blog to my usual neighborhood trek.
I am at a crossroads. In one direction is my familiar path toward indolence and 75-minute finishes. In the other is a long-dormant obsession with training that can only lead to ever-earlier alarm clock beeping and aching muscles.
I can only hope that I choose correctly.