Saturday, I had the opportunity to do run a 5k for Girls On The Run. I was really worried because I was told there were quite a few hills, and I have only begun adding hills on my daily runs.
It was held on the campus of Alvernia University in Reading PA. It’s a beautiful campus. The run began with one loop around the track (which I did not like, since I never ran on a man-made track). Out of the gate came hill #1—no big deal, I ran up it easily. The course covered all kinds of terrain—man-made track, gravel, macadam, and grass. While, I train mainly on pavement (cement) and also gravel, I really didn’t have too bad a time. I was wishing that I had worn my trail shoes (next time). About 2 miles into the run came the turnaround. It was after the turnaround that the killer hill came (I named it Hell’s Hill). It was steeper than the steepest city hill that I can do. But, I did it, very slowly (but no walking.) After that it was all ‘downhill’ and back into the stadium, where each runner received a finisher’s medal at the finish line.
Now, the reason I said it was my best run yet is because it is the first run in almost 2 years of running that I did not do any walking. This was my test run for that goal, which I have only begun doing in the past month.