I started a training plan yesterday. Two days in and all is going well. The first workout (4 x 5 minutes at threshold pace with 2 minutes rest) was difficult, but my paces were better than I expected! It was a good boost to get me excited for some hard work! Anyway, that's for a different rambling bloop, here is my workout-related question for you wise people (hmmm - maybe I should have made a poll😞
How would you handle the following situation?
A training workout calls for a 10 minute warm-up (approx. 1 mile). There is a large hill about 0.4 mile into the warm-up. Running up the hill is very difficult. Do you:
1. Run the full ten minutes, including the hard work (definite heart rate increase) of running up the hill at a slow speed;
2. Run to the hill, walk the hill, then run again at the top of the hill to complete the warm up;
3. Run a full ten minutes before getting to the hill and use the hill as a part of the first interval (hard effort is hard effort even if it is slower than the warmup pace);
4. Start the warmup after walking to and up the hill;
5. Find a different route - could be possible, but a hill is required for getting more than 1 mile of distance (I would feel silly running back and forth for 0.5 miles on a busy road to get the full workout in);
6. Another option my oxygen-deprived brain didn't come up with while running today.
Then a follow-up question, if you choose #2 above, do you turn your watch off for the walk, or do you count that as part of the 10 minute warmup?
These questions occupied my mind for a significant chunk of today's run. I came up with the different options I might try in the future after doing #2 and turning my watch off for the walk up the hill today.