Another revelatory walk today. We walked a 5K loop from the cottage we were staying at to the Marina at Bayview Wildwood Resort. I gotta tell you, it was a crazy walk with serious up and down action as well as rain, and cold.
After the first two hills, I was in no way going to continue the walk, given that we have a race in a week and its a downhill course. The last thing I wanted was to get all sore and crazy from doing up and downhill 10K a week before a race. I almost gave up and turned around but Marc was my cheerleader and I decided what the heck. So as we were doing this crazy up and down walk, yup, another bitchwalk, I noticed something. I would see a new hill and get this crazy sinking feeling each time but somehow in doing the actual hills, it wasnt as bad as I thought it would be and the hills just sort of started ending up being non issues, (well except the one called everest...)
In any case, I was not looking forward to going back because of all the hills and then, it started raining. I discovered the coat I was wearing which I thought was waterproof, isnt but the hat I bought last week, definitely is, so yay.
I have to tell you that it was sort of a shock that all the sudden these brutal hills were much easier to do. If anyone is wondering what I am getting out of this training that is measurable- well, the ability to walk uphill without being utterly out of breath is one thing...
Next Sunday is the Hamilton Marathon. I don't expect we will be walking much this week since I learned my lesson last time about not going into a race exhausted. Today was a cinch even with the hills, and nothing hurt at all. My pace was even better- especially given the hills. I totally understand why we wind down with the training before a race.