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!”
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.
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”.