Running up that hill

Earlier this month I decided to tackle a personal running nemesis; “Cardiac” Hill in Sutton Park.

Walking up Cardiac Hill: 2014 Great Midlands Fun Run.

I made sure that I ate a healthy breakfast to fuel my run up Cardiac Hill, and spent most of the morning sitting down working on an academic paper. I was more than rested. By midday I was wearing my lucky running outfit (please tell me that other runners have a lucky running outfit) and was feeling really, really positive.

I WAS going to conquer Cardiac Hill!

Unfortunately, my Garmin decided that it wasn’t quite as up for the challenge as I was. In the end I spent almost 20 minutes loitering around Four Oaks Estate staring at my wrist. I love it when my Garmin makes me look like I’m acting suspiciously.

After being on the receiving end of some slightly sexist banter from a group of workmen, my Garmin decided to function as a GPS watch. I was ready to go.

I left the workmen behind, ran down ‘Poo Alley’ (probably not the official name for the cut through to Sutton Park) and found myself running towards the bottom of Cardiac Hill.

I reached the start of Cardiac Hill and slowed down. For some strange reason I usually speed up when I run uphill. This time I was determined to maintain a sensible and sustainable running pace.

The hill got steeper, I started to feel hot and tired, and the negative gremlins inside my head were urging me to stop.

“Stop running Emma and walk. You know that walking is a lot easier!”

For once I didn’t listen to the gremlins and continued to run. My pace was slow but I was definitely running.Cardiac Hill

Running up Cardiac Hill: July 2015.

Once I’d ignored the negative gremlins I knew that I was going to be able to run up Cardiac Hill.

I was right.

Less than 15 minutes after setting off on my run I was back where I’d started. I’d finally conquered Cardiac Hill.

When I got home and discovered that it had only taken 3 minutes and 48 seconds for me to run up Cardiac Hill I felt embarrassed. I felt even more embarrassed when I saw this profile on Strava…Cardiac Hill Profile

The Strava profile suggests that this isn’t exactly the most challenging hill in Four Oaks!

Why had I allowed such a small running challenge develop into such a personal running nemesis?

Why had I constantly taken the easy option out and walked?

Why had I chosen to listen to the negative gremlins?

Now that I’ve recovered from eating a dodgy Mc D’s last week (yes I do believe in karma!) and can run again, I want to tackle some more of my running challenges. Next on my list is a sub 30 minute parkrun in August.

Remember that “the body achieves what the mind believes”.


4 thoughts on “Running up that hill

  1. Helen says:

    Oh, minds are a pain sometimes, aren’t they? Well done on conquering those demons – I have similar ones about the “hill” in our local parkrun. Which is really just a slope, but when it comes to the third time round, I get grumpy, mind plays tricks and I walk.

    Good luck for sub 30k 5k in August – I’m gonna virtually do it with you – that’s my goal too!


    • Emma says:

      Your local parkrun course sounds very similar to the Walsall Arboretum course. I don’t notice the tiny hill (OK so it’s more like a slope) towards the end of the first and second laps. On the third and final lap I always give in and end up walking for a couple of seconds.

      Good luck with the sub 30 minute 5k in August. We are both going to get a 2x.xx time 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.