Day Eight of 2012 Los Angeles Marathon Training

My article on my 8th day of training with Team To End AIDS for the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon. This occurred on December 17, 2011, and we ran 12 miles which included running up not one but two hills.

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Hallelujah! I didn’t oversleep today! The alarm on my Ironman watch was dependable as opposed to the one on my Casio watch. Of course, that has to do with the fact that the battery on my Casio watch died earlier this week. Getting a new battery for it is easy, but since I’m still out of work and have yet to buy Christmas presents for my family, spending the money for one is not at the top of my list.

Anyway, today’s training with Team to End AIDS had us running 12 miles. The clouds in the sky were heavy and kept teasing us with the possibility of producing rain, but we got lucky. There were also rumors that the winds were going to pick up to 30 mph, but none of us got blown away or turned into human kites. However, our coaches informed us that we would be running not one but two hills today. Even though there are hills in the Los Angeles Marathon, running up them is something we never look forward to. Still, I yearn for a good challenge as the easy stuff doesn’t leave me all that fulfilled.

The coaches joked with us because they knew very well that running up a hill was never something we looked forward to. Regardless of how sexy Kate Bush made it sound in her song “Running Up That Hill,” nothing could change the minds of anyone at Griffith Park. Still, after we do run the LA Marathon, we will probably be thankful that we ran them at all.

We were encouraged to look at the first 6 miles as a warm up which was good advice. I find myself starting out too fast as I try to find an outlet for any repressed anger in my head. But knowing that we were going further into double digit mileage territory than we had previously, I kept telling myself to take it easy.

Our run went through the usual paths in Burbank and had us coming back to where we started our run. But it was at the starting line where the run REALLY began. Going up the hill had us desperately catching our breath as any energy left on our systems threatened to be fully expended long before we completed our 12 miles.

Running up those hills reminded me of when I ran Cross Country at Monte Vista High School. I have yet to run up another hill that was as punishing on my legs as the one in Oak Hill Park. Just thinking about it gives my legs that burning sensation which felt impossible to endure. But going up those obstacles in Griffith Park wasn’t as bad on my legs in that they were not in immediate assistance of Icy Hot or some other analgesic cream.

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