Today's Hill repeats saw me rise a 5.30 a.m. get dressed, complete a few stretching exercises, drive 5 miles to the Lee Fields Car Park, run just over 2.2 miles in to town to my chosen hill (at that time in the morning street lighting is a necessity) and complete 8 x 75 second sprints up the hill with a slow jog down and run the 2+ miles back to the car and drive home for just after 7.
This new hill appears steeper than last weeks (pace about 07:00) or else i'm getting slower. Anyway the benefit should be the same as the effort was a "comfortably hard struggle" (one of these words is not like the other - to borrow a phrase from Sesame Street). As the hill is about a quarter of a mile long it will not do for my 8 x 2 min reps in 2 weeks time unless I run at 8:00 pace (tempting) or down the other side (more tempting).
As this is reasonably close to the city centre there were more people about, even at this time in the morning, wondering who's this "langer" (colloquial expression in Cork for a good for nothing a#*hole - brought back from India by Munster troops serving in the British Army in the nineteenth century - taken from the, now endangered, Langur monkey that used to rob food and provisions from the men) running up and down the hill at this time in the morning. Mad? perhaps, but it felt good - especially when it was over.
Mon 14th Jan:
Rest Day (Swim 1 km)
Tue 15th Jan:
a.m. - 8.6 Miles in 01:07:36 (07:52 pace @ 134 HR) - pushed last 2 miles to get under 01:08
p.m. - 2.5 Miles on the treadmill (07:49 pace @ 136 HR)
Wed 16th Jan:
a.m. - 7.3 miles in 01:03:47 (08:44 pace @ 134 HR) including 8 x 75 sec hill sprints.
p.m. - swim 1 km