Today is November 3, 2022.
It is Week Ten, Day 4 of the 2022 RunBlogRun Fall Cross Country Training & Racing Program.
Today is a hill workout.
Hills can cure all kinds of ills or weaknesses.
The story is told about Lasse Viren, the 1972 and 1976 Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m gold medalist. The Finn had Achilles tendon issues during both of his Olympic buildups, and his coach, Rolf Hakkola, would have him run 800m hill repeats to build up strength and speed. The hills got him strong. It also took some of the pressure off his tendons as well. Hakkola would then keep the track sessions to a minimum, and in both cases, Viren had huge successes.
Your workout today is warm up slowly, then a 50-minute run, with five minutes of hills, then five minutes easy. Repeat five times. Cooldown.