Last Thursday little people and I decided to head the other direction on the trail near our house. The first little bit was downhill which is exactly why I hadn’t wanted to run on it. Downhill in the first part meant that it was going to be straight uphill on the last little bit home. I find it very discouraging to end on a slow mile. On every run – not including speed work – I work on my final kick in the last mile. I envision it being race day and I push harder than I have on all the other miles.
We ended up running 6 hilly miles. Up down – up down. The run gave me a new understanding of hilly when it comes to stroller running. I had previously thought that where I ran before was hilly but compared to this – my old town was flat.
The pace was fairly even because there was no part of the run where I could just cruise. It was 6 miles of hard work – discouraging was the only word I could focus on during the run. Needless to say we won’t be making that run a regular part of our routine.
The other direction on the trail is uphill for 3 miles. It’s hard, it’s miserable even when solo, I want to quit on every run I go on. I DON’T. Mentally I know that I only have to be strong for 3 miles and then I can cruise and semi get into a groove on the last three that are downhill. I’ve decided I’d rather an uphill run followed by downhill any day over a run that is just plain hilly.
I really pay no attention to pace on the first three miles of the run. I know they will be slower and I don’t much care how much slower – only that I get through them.
I noticed on today’s run that I was a bit slower on the first 3 than I was last week, but was pleasantly surprised that the 3 back down were faster than normal.
I’m really enjoying the time with the kids in the stroller. Chloe will start school in less than a month and my regular days of triple stroller running will be over for good. Next summer the three of them combined will weigh more than the weight limit on the stroller. It will present a new challenge for me, but I am not worried. I have overcome all challenges that running has thrown my way. I know that it will all work out because I have FAITH.