On Wednesday I mentioned that I would be doing some "hill training" by running up and down a parking garage. I was surprised but the comments and the emails asking about this practice? I mean doesn't everyone do this? Well, then it hit me ... most people don't live at sea level and have the option of actually running real hills Jeff. They do not have to seek out man-made structures to get in the training. So for those of you that that wonder how us flatlanders find hill here is a recap.
Here is the satellite view of the area that the hill work was done. Along with the assist of some extremely professional looking photoshop editing you can now visualize what this all looks like:
The red scribbles are the direction that I ran. Basically the training plan called for a 10 minute warm up run. Then the hill repeats followed by a 10min cool down.. The good news is that the sides and top 2 levels of this 5 level garage are open to the sky so my Garmin 310xt worked the entire time. From the bottom of the garage to the top was exactly .25 miles (400 meters). I ended up doing 5 times up and 5 times back down and for active recovery I would just run a loop around the garage before starting back up again. The entire workout was 38 minutes and I did 4.32 miles.
- Running in an empty concrete building is not very exciting. The first time up was cool because their is a really nice view of Lake Houston (South side of above pic), but the next 4 times got progressively more boring.
- Houston weather sucks in the summer. Heat and humidity is part of our lives and we just deal with it - I was unprepared for just how hot and humid it would be inside the garage. Seriously it was like running inside a sauna. Except without the creepy 80-year old dudes siting around naked. I actually ran as hard as I could just to get out of the confined garage.
- Parking garages have some pretty decent climbs. The first couple of times up the ramps wasn't too hard. The last couple of times I was really feeling the incline. Excellent workout!
That is about it. Next week I might chronicle a bike hill workout. This usually involves riding back and forth on a bridge overpass!!! Flatlander Jeff signing off ...
Thanks for Reading,