This morning I ran my 4 mile course around the block.
This means I ran UP the hills.
I live on a saddle, between two hills, but up on the ridgeline.
My 4 mile consists of rolling hills, then a big 1/2 mile descent to the valley. About 1.5 miles through the valley, then 1/2 mile climb up another hill, a plateau, then a short climb up to the neighbor's mailbox where I click off my 4 miles, then walk down a hill to my house.
I ran it all today. I ran up the blind curvy hill, then the rolling hill. I ran the downs and flats of course, and then I didn't stop, I even ran the 1/2 mile uphill. I kept thinking of the climb up Indian Grave Trail on the MMT course, and how easy this was, compared to that.
And you know what? It was easy. Not super easy. But there was no reason not to run it. Yes I got warm, but not out of breath. No, I wasn't moving that fast up the hill either, somewhere around a 15-16 minute effort, but I still had the leg turnover of a run. Yes, I could have probably power-walked it quicker than that, but I need to put some more effort into running.
So, a milestone. Improve and move on!!