We run hills on Wednesday evening, and in a prairie city full of creeks and a river valley, the only proper hills are where the roads and paths cross the water. It is not surprising then that our hill training brings us close up to nature, the bottom of our training hill being a bridge that crosses one of those creeks. The creeks are still a little frozen, but nature never really stops working. Last night we paused our multiple running repeats to watch this big guy, a beaver, paddling around the murky thaw of a spring creek still partially iced. This is the same creek where in the winter we did a small snowshoeing adventure. It’s amazing to me…

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Sunday Runday and while the weekends are reserved for distance training, the springtime has rebooted our training schedule and put us back into proper-training-mode. This includes regular and progressively longer hill training runs. If you happen to live beside a hill where runners train maybe you’ve seen folks like my running friends and I, climbing and descending on repeat, week after week. Perhaps you wondered what the heck why were were torturing ourselves so… So, what is hill training? Running is running, and the longer you run the further you’ll be able to go… eventually. More serious, focused run training tends to pry apart the various aspects of running and portion them into dedicated types of runs meant to isolate…

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