Run, Skip, Run, Bound – Repeat.

And so the triathlon training begins.

I am definitely feeling the pain of having taken the winter off from working out.

Tonight we met up with coach Mike of Asphalt Green Tri Club and the butt- kicking began almost immediately – a brisk run from the Engineers Gate at 90th & 5th down to the Boathouse at 72nd St. where we met up with Coach Neil for the real workout..

Tonight’s training run, which took place on “Cat Hill” – a stretch of the Central Park loop on the east side – had us alternating between running, skipping, (running again!) and bounding up the hill – twice each! – while we focused on getting our heels off the ground on the way down. And to top it off, we had to run as fast as we could up and down the hill after the 2 sets of R-S-R-B … you know, just for good measure.

Why hill train?

Training on hills is good for improving leg muscle strength, strengthening hip flexors and Achilles tendons, quickening your stride, and keeping your heart in check. It is important to combine strength training with regular running, as doing so will reduce the risk of running- related injuries.

Tips:

-Watch your posture – keep your body upright and try not to lean forward

-Run lightly – make sure your feet are not pounding the ground

By the end of the workout I think I burned off all the matzah I had consumed and really felt the burn in my calves and thighs – oh, hello forgotten muscles!

Recovery Food:

Coaches orders were to have a glass of chocolate milk within 30 minutes of your workout.  We went with coconut water and a broccoli pattie with an egg (shh don’t tell Coach Neil). The point is, your muscles need the protein for recovery.

Find a hill and get your run on … and if you can’t get to a hill, just simply increase the incline on the treadmill.

Good luck!

This is what I looked like by the end

xoxo loving/hating hills

(pictures for tonight taken with my iPhone)

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