Just got back from my long run for the week (10k) and have decided that the Gaffney Street “hill” is out of bounds.
The “hill” is about 200m long, but rises something like 60m.
I figure that if I start and finish my run in roughly the same place the hills (up and down) balance out. You get the negative split going up and the positive going down. Well that’s the case normally, but the “hill” is no ordinary hill.
The first three km’s of my run were uphill and into a sort of crosswind, then I had about 3 with a bit of breeze. By the time I hit the “hill” I’d completed 8 hard kms.
I couldn’t even jog slowly down the “hill”, I had to walk. It’s too steep. So now I’m not going to go either way.
The only real downside to the walking of the “hill” was soon to appear. At the bottom of the “hill” is Pascoe Vale train station. Thirty meters from the crossing the lights and bells go off, so I do a quick detour up a side street for about 150m and double back. By this time, the train had departed, but the lights and bells were still on, another train coming in the opposite direction. Go on my detour again, by the time I return for a 3rd time, a “V line” express (Country Victoria train) is approaching, so I decided to wait for what seemed an eternity.
Completed 10k in 52:41 which is over a minute faster than previous best, so happy with that, but I still hate running into the wind, I feel I’m jumping up and down in the one spot – I’m slow enough, the wind is not something I need.
Tomorrow is my easy day, so Harry and I are doing a 4k together, before I go off alone for another 3 or 4.