On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bear Mountain Elevation Chart

Now that's not too bad, is it?

Maybe it's my time spent staring at the Mt. Washington Road Race elevation chart ("just one hill!"), but this honestly isn't that bad, comparatively.  Yes, they're trail miles.  Yes, that's a lot of up and down.  But at the same time, it's really only about 3-4 bad uphill miles with a lot of downhill.  And the overall elevation change is only a difference of ~700ft....  Just over, and over, and over again.

Yeah, a hill workout on the 'mill tonight is in order.  Gulp.

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