So I am trying to figure out where this hill came from that I encountered during my recent long run over the weekend. In my head I had planned my route, knowing that I would have to loop around a certain segment to hit my scheduled mileage. So as I was making my way through my route I reached the intersection of road which had been previously closed to traffic. I had previously not gone down this road before since I was threatened with being arrested for trespassing several months before. But that is a story for another time.
Now I knew the route was most likely going to end at a road that I cross all the time when I run east. I have also driven down several other roads that parallel this new road, and guess what, they are all FLAT! So imagine my surprise as I look up and see this somewhat daunting hill staring back at me. But I figure what the heck, conquer this hill, there will be some flat road to regroup before having to return back over the hill. NOPE! Not even a ¼ mile of road before I had to turn back and get back over that hill. Do not get me wrong, I have learned to enjoy running hills and know the extreme benefit of them, but I need to plan them to mentally be prepared. And this particular run I was not prepared. As a result I ran the hill a little harder than planned and my legs gave out the last 3 km of the run because of it, but I made it.
Two days later, I was looking at the map feature of my RoadID app that is on my phone. Imagine my surprise when I learned to things. First, when the map was loaded into the app the road was not there. Obviously, not a big surprise since the road was just completed within the last three months. But here is where the humdinger of a surprise came, as I looked at the map there was no hill there EITHER. The hill must have been manmade as they moved dirt to construct the road and install what appeared to be a power plant generator for new subdivisions to be built in the area. Nice to know that I am not completely off my rocker in knowing that a hill should have not been there.
Another good week of training in the books gearing up for Chicago. This weekend looks like it is going to be a real, scorcher – 71 degrees at 4 AM with 90% humidity. Nothing like training in the middle of summer in Florida.
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