My Sweaty Date With A Hill

Last night I had probably one of the most painful, this hurts so good, dates with the hill in Prospect Park. (What's Prospect Park? Prospect Park is Brooklyn's beautiful park. The loop around it is about 3 point something miles and it has one BIG hill.) When I moved to Brooklyn I only looked near the park because I love this park. It's beautiful in every season and there are always parties, picnics, bbqs, puppies, and humans running around.

One thing I have been trying to do during my marathon training is incorporate hills into my workouts. I have heard that the NYC Marathon is full of inclines (specifically the bridges) and hill repeats are the best way to ensure success on race day. So why bother with hill repeats or long hill runs? I'll give you 3 reasons:

  1. They build strength. Nothing is better for building muscle strength in your legs than running hills. Whether you are doing short hill blasts, long hill repeats, or incorporating rolling hills into your long runs they are essential to any training plan.
  2. They prevent injuries! Injuries are a runners nemesis but when you are strengthening your muscles you are preventing injuries! (Just remember to focus on form up and down hills.)
  3. Overall conditioning. Not only do hills strengthen muscles but they increase your VO2 max and develop mental toughness. A happy heart and a happy brain make for a happy runner. It just makes sense.

Sounds great right? They are! But they also kick your ass! Hills are basically the Jillian Michaels of the running world. Last night specifically I had quite the experience. I did 6 repeats of a .3 mile hill AND I WAS READY TO PUNCH THAT HILL IN THE FACE! Granted, I can tell I am getting stronger. There is a huge difference in my stamina throughout and I am not as spent after each repeat as I was in the beginning. So that's exciting. But towards the end it was tough. This is how it went.

Repeat 1:

I was like:

Repeat 2:

I was like:

Repeat 3.

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Repeat 4.

I was all:

And then the Hill was like:

And I was like:

And then the Hill was like:

And I was like:

Repeat 4.

I was like:

And the Hill was like:

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And the Hill was like:

Repeat 5.

I was like:

And the Hill was like:

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And the Hill was like:

Repeat 6.

I was like:

And the Hill was like:

And I was Like:

And the Hill was like:

And I was like:

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But then I was done and I was like:

And the Hill was like:

And I was like:

And then I ran the mile home feeling pretty proud of myself.  Hills may not be the most fun but they are so very good for you, just like that gosh darn foam roller and flossing. While the hills may be alive with the sound of pain and suffering right now, they will be alive with success and bliss eventually. Keep with it.

Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.