I've been pretty good about running them once a week on the treadmill, but when it comes to picking a route for my longer runs I'm all about the flatness.
This is what I did today, stepping it up a bit. The last four weeks I was doing the same, one grade down on all.
1 mile @ 6 speed and 5 incline
2 x 1/2 mile @ 5.5 speed and 7 incline
4 x 1/4 mile @ 5 speed and 9 incline
Walking .1 to .25 miles in between.
Usually I finish in just under an hour, and it burns a ton of calories. The intervals also help break up the prolonged agony I've come to equate with running on the treadmill.
I've been doing some reading though, and Runner's World suggests more of a rolling hill approach, so maybe I'll try that out next week. This article also has some interesting tips on form.
I really need to make it a point to find more routes around here with a hill or two, most importantly so I can practice running down as well. Horns Hill is two miles from my apartment, though I don't know if I'm that crazy. Also I've gotten a few tips from people in Granville. I hear the Denison campus is a doozy, and probably safer to run at night too, which will become a factor very soon.
I'm officially registered for my next two races. The less insane one is the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Cleveland. I'm going to do it with my younger sister. Given the fact that she just had a baby and hasn't had much time to run, I might be able to keep up with her. Maybe.
Then there is the 10-mile trail challenge at Salt Fork Dec. 4. That's the one I've based my training program around. If you think I'm crazy for doing that, check out what some people will put themselves through the following day.
Yesterday I finally got the concept of a recovery run. My general idea of recovery is to lie on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and crime dramas (what I did on Sunday). My legs were still hurting Monday afternoon but I went out anyway against my better judgement. The first mile was torture, pure and simple. I almost turned back, but stopped to stretch instead. Each of the final five miles was easier than the previous, and I ended up feeling much better than when I started. Maybe I can turn Sunday into that fifth running day after all, then of course that brings it up to 4 consecutive again, arg!