Last night I took a quick 1 mile run at the Nature Park. I had to keep the running streak alive. I haven't missed a day of running at least 1 mile since Thanksgiving 2011. Over the last couple of weeks I have been talking about how I have been training more and more on the hill covered trails at the DePauw Nature Park. I definitely think it is starting to pay off as far as increasing my speed. For example, on Monday Katie and I did a little over 5 miles at a 7:22 pace. I felt really good afterward and felt like I could have done more.
Last night I did a quick 1 mile run at the nature park with hills. Busted out 1 mile at a 5:31 pace. I have only gone under 6 minutes per mile a few times and this was significantly under 6 minutes per mile. My fastest mile was this winter when I did a 5:18 mile. 5:31 really didn't feel that bad either.
Tonight I wanted to do 4-5 miles at a comfortable pace. My slowest mile ended up being my first mile. It was a 7:12 mile. They just got faster from there. 2nd mile was a 7:08, 3rd mile was 6:57, and 4th mile was a 6:52. Ended up 4.41 miles at a 7:00 per mile pace. I got done and really felt good. I really didn't feel like I was pushing too hard and still had a lot left at the end. Hills definitely have been helping to increase my speed. That is why Katie has gotten so fast. She does a lot of hills and training at the Nature Park. When you are used to training on hills and then get on a flat road your speed is going to continue to increase. I am going to stick with my plan of killer hill workouts and the road about once a week. It seems to be paying off big time. Hills Help!!