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Training Diary: The Most Picturesque Hill Repeats in the World?

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Rob is a self confessed running geek, obsessed with all things related to the sport, whether road, track or triathlon.
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I deliberated over taking my phone with me on last night’s training as I knew there would come a time when a photo would need to be taken. When you’re running in the Purbecks, you’re never too far from a picturesque photo op.

Having done the 10 x 500m track session the previous night and with a 10k championship race upcoming on Saturday, I was wary of doing anything too strenuous last night. As we set off I had no idea where we were going or what the session would entail but as our route began to climb towards the local country park, I began to get an idea that it would involve hills…

The Session

We began as always at club HQ (pub), before running a 4k warm up. 1.5k of this was nice and flat, along the promenade and my legs felt ok…ish…sort of.

Swanage Bay sweeping round to the 'Downs'. We ran round the bay and up here during the warm up.

Swanage Bay sweeping round to the ‘Downs’. We ran round the bay and up here during the warm up.

 

durlstonThen we hit the steep hills (above) that take you up towards the World Heritage site of Durlston Country Park and the track session meant my legs felt like lead.

Eventually, we arrived at a meadow that sloped down towards the sea with cowslips and orchids bursting out towards the sunlight and a freshly mown path running around the perimeter. The 200 metre long grassy path leading down to the sea was to be used for our hill session…

We ran up the hill 12 times, jogging back down for approx 1:30 between each effort. It sounds strange but I actually find it easier to run these kind of sessions at a faster pace and after the first couple of repeats, I found my legs weren’t too bad and it was easier to just get my head down and power up the hill!

Once this was complete, we jogged back via a different route for 3.4k.

Stats:

Distance: 12.3k
Time: 1:06:18
Elevation climb: 356m

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