Written by "Marty" Renz "Marty" Renz

July 14, 2014

High Humidity and glaring sun couldn’t keep the attendance of hill repeat day to a minimum. Hill workouts are seemingly gaining more and more attendance and interest. It’s great to see so many people show up ready to push themselves up some hills, especially in this kind of heat. Today we were all in on Allen St, the northern end of Allen running from Cherry Lane to Hillcrest Ave. A lovely two-tiered climb with a subtle hint of increased grade during the first tier, and an exuberant aftertaste of ‘that’s too steep for today’ to finish off the second tier.

Attendance at Rec Hall was phenomenal but some of the regulars just didn’t have it in them today for a hill workout. As we set forth to the hill, we lost 4 potential climbers who got reeled in to the sanctity of a regular run. It was the rest of the group, dedicated to the hill, who stayed on course ready and willing to complete today’s workout. It was decided that today would be a recovery style workout day, with a few in attendance having just raced two days prior and still feeling it in their legs and the rest of the group still wallowing in pain from last week’s monster workout…the callout was “at least 4” repeats of the two-tiered torturous trot. But four just wasn’t enough and the entire group decided that 5 complete repeats was a better goal. Marty Minard, Marty Zimmerman, Marty Senior, Marty Wouden, Marty Ilgen, Marty Ramirez, Marty Wagner, Marty Maguire and Marty Renz all managed 5 repeats. The hill workout was also graced by the presence of local trail savant Marty Koetje-Simin who tried to convince everyone to run up the hill in the grass between the curb and sidewalk. Saddened from recruiting no grassers, she cut the workout short and headed home by way of dirt, root, and gravel. Marty Wouden showed off his hard work and determination and stuck around to do at least 1 more repeat as the rest of the gaggle-o-marty trotted back towards Rec Hall at a trailsnail pace.

Join us next week as we plan an off-road hill workout so some of the trail runners of the group feel more at home. Don’t be fooled by the sounds of this…we will be running up the hill repeatedly making it more like a roadie workout. Although if anyone wants to bring some sammiches for increased motivation to make it to the top of the hill multiple times, this roadie will not complain!

*Disclaimer: The whole roadie vs trail runner is just some fun we poke at each other while we run. The picking on trail runners is all in good spirited fun so don’t let this writeup dissuade you from joining the group hill workouts if you’re a trail runner through and through.