If you’re here for encouragement about facing the struggles of life, then I’m sorry to disappoint you, but those are not the type of uphill battles I’m talking about.
Sorry. I realize the title is a little bit misleading, and I really appreciate you even clicking through to read this, because almost nobody reads this blog, but I don’t know enough about dealing with uphill battles in life to give advice about how to handle them.
This post is about going up actual hills on purpose, sometimes while wearing a weighted vest.
I do feel really bad if you came here looking for some words of wisdom to help you face what seems like an insurmountable obstacle in your life, but I really want to write about hill workouts and races that involve going up mountains.
Winston Churchill is probably a better source of inspiration for life struggles. He said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
I obviously don’t know the specifics of your situation, but maybe everything will be ok if you just keep going.
I mean, it might not be ok. I don’t really know.
Again, all I had planned for this post was to list a bunch of the hills I’ve run up and then write something about them, but you’re making me feel a little guilty about that.
Still, I was training for a pretty tough trail half marathon by doing 3-minute hill-repeat intervals. I read about them in a book (they make books for the kind of life-hills you’re dealing with, too). The author said it’s ok to slow down a little during the last 30 seconds because when you’re at a 3-minute, V02 max pace, then you’re bound to get pretty worn out toward the end, so when I start feeling like I can’t possibly go any further, that’s how I know the interval is almost over, and when I know that, then it’s easier dig deep and finish strong.
Listen, if you’re not feeling that great about things, then maybe you should just go out and run some 3-minute hill intervals? It can’t hurt.
Well, it will definitely hurt, but you’ll be so tired at the end that you’ll have no choice but to relax, and there’s endorphins too, which are basically free, homemade feel-goods.
FULL DISCLOSURE:I’m not qualified to treat doldrums with high-intensity running intervals, so please check with your doctor first, obviously, and maybe your therapist if you have one.
Anyway, back to me. Pushing through those tough hill intervals worked well in the long-run, because I beat my goal time by 6 minutes at my race, and I was really comfortable running some stuff that I might have normally hiked.
So hills can be good for you, even though they can suck while you’re climbing them.