Inspired by greek mythology and the story of Sisyphus, this week’s hill workout is a TOUGH one for the mind and body!
Sisyphus was a king who got himself into trouble, a lot of trouble. Zeus had enough and punished Sisyphus to push an enormous boulder up a steep hill. Right before Sisyphus reached the top, Zeus sent the boulder back to the bottom, again and again. Sisyphus’ punishment was thus to push the boulder to the top of the hill an infinite number of times. I know what you’re thinking, sounds like a great workout, right?! Read more on Sisyphus. With this theme in mind, let’s go for a tough one this week! Keep this gem in mind as well, “Albert Camus, in his 1942 essay The Myth of Sisyphus, saw Sisyphus as personifying the absurdity of human life, but Camus concludes “one must imagine Sisyphus happy” as “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.“” (source: Wikipedia)
3 Rounds of an 8-min AMRAP (As many rounds as possible).
- Find the steepest, meanest hill you can for this one, one that takes 1-2min to reach the top or a designated turnaround spot. If you don’t have steep hills, then wear a weight vest or weighted backpack and run on any incline you can find. If you don’t have ANY hills at all, then use stairs or simply a box to step up onto over and over.
- Run up as many times as possible in 8 minutes. Your time running down the hill is included in the 8min interval. Partial distance up counts as well.
- Rest 1-2 min in between each 8min round.
- Aim to improve your performance each round. Push yourself!
- Practice setting micro-goals (run to the next switchback, signpost or tree).
- Stay positive.
- Upright body, quick foot pulls
- #hillseeker #hillwod to share your photos or experience!
— Coach Jeff, with Becky on the hills today!
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