i woke up sunday morning exhausted and unmotivated. yet, i shook off the tiredness and met my running club at 7am for a run. on tap: 14 miles of hills. actually, just one hill.
we took off from cushman and headed toward shutesbury road. just over 2 miles into the run, we started the 4.27 mile climb up the infamous s curves to pelham hill road. this climb is absolutely relentless and i struggled to carry my 10 extra pounds of baby weight against gravity. halfway up the hill, tim asked, “what road on we on?” to which i responded, ‘the road to hell.’
i lagged behind the group during the ascent, but they were kind enough to pause for a minute to let me catch up at before the turn onto the pelham hill rd. the route ascended a few more hills before we started the descent back into amherst. at mile 7 i started to do the math: we were half way through the mileage, but we were still climbing. either we descend just as quickly as we ascended. OR. maybe this route is like one of those sadisitic MC Escher prints where the water is always flowing uphill. that’s it. i’m stuck running in an Escher drawing like a hamster stuck on a wheel.
thankfully, the summit came at the midpoint of the run and we began our descent over some beautiful dirt roads on our way back to cushman market where we sipped strong coffee and discussed the ethical dilemmas in the sunday ny times.
the pace for this workout was slow, for certain, but the long steady climb was a positive experience. in addition to adding miles to my overall training week, it gave me another bonus hill workout that will better prepare me for the mt washington road race next month.