Last night I visited Pennsylvania Avenue.
Yeah not THAT Pennsylvania Avenue. I am talking about the Pennsylvania Avenue in Fair Oaks California. Last night was my Fleet Feet Wednesday night group workout and we had some hill repeats on tap. So Coach Nikon and Captain Kirk had us meet in Gold River and run ourselves over to the "infamous" Pennsylvania Avenue for our workout. I say "infamous" because this hill is very well known amongst runners in the Sacramento area as a "killer" hill to do repeats on or die trying. I, however, have been able to avoid this hill for many years. Last night was my introduction to Pennyslvania Avenue and what an intro it was!
The scheduled plan was 4 hill repeats. A single repeat meant running to the top of the hill and immediately turning around and running right back down. No stopping until you get to the bottom where you recover half the time it took you to do the full up and down of the hill.
On my first ascent I thought "shoot this isn't so bad" because even though the hill is steep it levels out a bit but then that thought was followed by "holy crap" as the second steeper hill made itself known. I love hills though (in training, I could do without them in races thank you very much) but last night gave new meaning to the word "hill" considering where I live the biggest "hill" for me is walking up onto the levee by the river.
We ended up doing 5 repeats instead of 4. My group is badass. My 405 told me that my max heart rate on each ascent was 177 and I recovered to 120 before starting the next ascent which is a drop in 57 beats in about a 2 minute time span. I am thinking that is pretty darn good. It made me happy.
You know what makes the Peanut happy?
Reading a book with Grandma while snacking on some Gold Fish Crackers!
AND finding a cool golf ball at the park while playing with Dad!