Most Fridays Louise and I run together. We run around Deloraine and that involves hills. Lots of hills.
Hills make runners strong both in body and mind. The more hills we run the more we are able to run. When a hilly course comes up, we can say, No Problem! I can run hills!
Today was my third lovely opportunity to run the Launceston Running Club’s Gutbuster event. 11.6kms of amazing ups and equally amazing downs. It was my first ever run with LRC back in 2013; I have a soft spot for this event. I remember clearly turning up and feeling so shy but being welcomed so warmly.
I’ve written about this event a twice before. It’s one of the most scenic runs in the LRC calendar with views of vineyards, the Tamar River, the Batman Bridge and the beautiful Tasmanian countryside (did I mention it’s just 2kms from my favourite winery?). It’s a great location for a gutbusting hill run.
For the second running of this event I was able to take six minutes from my previous time. I went in today thinking that I would run close to this but not any faster. It’s been a busy week which featured the most full-on leg workout at Outside Fit on Tuesday night; Pauly and I are still sore, oh the DOMS. The thought of running hills today was a bit daunting. Pauly hadn’t been able to run all week! He’s been going around the farm looking like tin man with a pained expression on his face; his glutes and quads very stiff and sore.
But we did it! We ran those gutbusting hills AND both took a minute off our times. I’m stunned. Pauly’s gone from 1:08:45 to 59:35 and today about 56:00 (he forgot to stop his watch and official times aren’t out as yet). My times have gone from 1:17:45 to 1:11:44 to 1:10:43 today. If I can do this running thing anyone can. Don’t give up!
Hills are a runner’s friend. They help us to face any course at all. Training with Louise on Fridays and trying to keep up with her has helped my hill running so much! At times I have a grumbled (yes true) but Louise always reminds me that the hilly runs will win the race on race day every time. And it sure did today. 33rd winner and a PB of 1:01!
The only way to get to like hills is to go out and run them AND you never know you might end up loving them too. Get your hillitude on! Shaz from Shazruns coined the term hillitude and it really just sums it all up in one fantastic word. I might plod up a little slower than other runners in the Launceston Running Club, but I run them and I love them and I NEVER let them stop me!
Happy running 🙂
PS we had to race home as soon as we’d finished running even before the bbq and presentations (something we don’t like to do! AND no trip to my favourite winery on the way either). Both of us needed to put on our gumboots and work this afternoon. Pauly is still in the milking shed but all I had to do was get the cows in and wind up an electric fence. I’m so ready for a sleep now! Gutbusting hills and then plodding around in the mud is tiring work!