One of my 500 in 2010 goals is to be able to run the 2 mile park loop, including the big hill, without stopping to walk. I set this goal last summer when I first started to run, but I never came any where close to actually doing it. That played a large part in me replacing my old recumbent exercise bike with the new upright bike with programmable workouts as well as my cross training effort on the elliptical. To make that two mile run and run up that hill, I needed to really step things up, so I did. A lot.
What's funny is that I wasn't even planning on running yesterday. I knew the weather was supposed to start improving, but I had no idea just how nice it would be. It was perfect for a run, so Andy and I agreed on a workout schedule that allowed me to hit the park.
With such short notice, I hadn't really considered what run I wanted to do. I was thinking of just going out and running the hill over and over. I also considered doing the loop in the opposite direction - which means I'd go down the big hill, but start and end the run going slightly uphill. However, something in me was just itching for my goal loop, and I decided to go with it.
The moment I made the decision, I knew I was going to make the whole loop running. There wasn't a moment during the run that I doubted that I would do it. I felt great when I started running. I felt even more amazing when I reached the top of the hill. By the end of the run I was positively exuberant. I did it! I really, truly did it! I ran two miles without stopping!
The red bold line on the map below shows my run. I run clockwise. The dreaded hill runs from High Arch Bridge up to the Hay Barn. I cannot wait to do it again.