I did a short but painful bike ride last weekend involving hills. I know I will get better if I persist….

Runing-wise Mel and I met three times this week.

Monday was a nice relaxed easy run.

Wednesday we decided to do something a little different — hill repeats. There’s a hill we nearly always go up at the end of our runs to get back to where we’ve parked our cars. From the base of the hill to the lot is about 1/2 mile, with about 1/2 of that the actual hill. So we chose to go up and down the 1/2 mile route 3 times (and the last time up the hill we decided to continue up another portion of hill, probably adding another 1/4 mile uphill). We felt pretty good afterwards, actually, and I had no muscle soreness or anything afterwards. Although it was a good workout, it didn’t really feel like a hard workout — I’d consider it moderate.

Today we ran down the hill then did 3:2 fast (for us, I’d guess 9+ min pace for the run portion) run:walk intervals. Huffing, puffing, sweating, heart rate up, not talking much, REALLY glad for the walk breaks….and trust me, we REALLY felt the hill going back up to our cars.

I’ve swam a little once this week and lifted upper body once. Weekend — LSD run and biking some more hills.