Now there are two words that are going to fill me with dread over the coming weeks. The evil guy who devised my training programme incorporates a lot of this into the schedule. Kenyan Hills he calls them.
I thought I’d give them a go as Week 1 officially starts a week on Sunday and I like to know what I’m supposed to be doing…. Firstly I had to find a hill of 6-8% gradient – I have no idea how to measure this and as I live in an extremely hilly area, I just picked one of the less mean hills I run.
Then I had to spend 8 minutes running up and down said hill and around 80% effort (threshold pace). Then rest for a bit. Then do it all again. TWICE.
You may think that running down hill is easy. It can be and I normally take it quite steady. But this time I had to run at the same effort as running up the hill which ended up being quite fast. It was exceptionally hard and I had to
give up adapt the schedule half way through the last 8 minutes (which meant I decided to start running home which meant running up a series of hills so was in fact harder!!).
But I really enjoyed the feeling of doing something a bit different and I do like having a prescribed programme to follow so I think I’m going to enjoy doing this programme.