Sometimes it’s best not to think about the journey and solely focus on the end achievement. This is the opposite of how I approach most things in life, as I think the journey to get to a destination is just as important or even more important then the end result. But right now I’m talking about workouts. And not any workouts, the really hard ones that make you feel all anxious inside just thinking about them.

This week I pushed myself outside of my comfort level with hill repeats on a local butte, aka isolated steep hill. And it wasn’t just a couple simple hill repeats. It was 1 mile to the top and I decided to bring my 1 year old along for the ride. So it was a stroller run/ hill repeat/ lung and leg burner. And it was awesome!

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View from the top with my sleepy coach

 

Running up this cinder cone butte/ extinct volcano with 480 feet elevation gain is not easy. Adding a stroller to the mix makes it more challenging. But I needed the extra butt kicking workout. My lungs haven’t burned that hard in a while. I know that I don’t push myself as hard as I should some days and I simply get away with it if I’m by myself. But today there was no where to hide. The hill was steep and all I could think about was putting one foot in front of the other.

I have to give a local professional runner credit, Max King, who inspired me to do this workout after he posted himself pushing his daughter up this butte earlier this month. I tend to avoid long, steep hills when I’m pushing a stroller. And when he posted his workout I thought, I should be using the stroller as more of a strengthening tool rather then a hindrance.

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Heading downhill from the top

 

So I made plans to run the butte with my youngest in the stroller after I dropped my oldest at preschool. I have taken them both up here in the double stroller in the past but I could easily say that I walked more then I ran. There is a road that goes all the way to the top for 1 mile and I was going to conquer it.

I accomplished my workout and in the end I was secretly wanting more. The plan is to head back out there in a couple days with a friend and this time no stroller. I’m hoping I will feel lighter and faster going up.

Sometimes it is better to not dwell on the how hard the workout will be, but the sense of accomplishment you will feel afterwards instead. Stop avoiding those tough workouts, they only make you stronger!

This weekend I have planned a 10 mile trail race called the Horse Butte. Hence the theme of buttes around here. 😉 It’s part of my training for the Big Sur Marathon.

Keep going, even when the workouts get tough!

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Me and my little man