Today’s run needed to be squeezed into a short lunch break.
The morning was out – I stayed up too late last night and was tired this morning – and tonight I have Jamie and cooking to get done in the house. hence, squeezing things in at lunch became the only option.
With only a short time to run there are two ways to make it harder.
The first is to run hard and fast on the flat, push for a high tempo, and burn some energy off as speed. The second is to find a hill and try and hold a pace on the slopes.
I decided to combine the two with a high-tempo push to a hill, a steady climb and descent, and then a tempo run back towards the office.
I took off from the office and headed north towards the Parc de la Tete D’Or and the Rhone river. My plan was to keep the tempo high, cut over to the park when the traffic was clear, cross over the bridge to Saint Clair, and climb one of the monstrously steep pathways to the top of the hill.
Things went to plan heading out and I noted some nice, fast kilometers tick over on the way to the bottom of the hill. I did the first three kilometers in 4:20, 4:24 and 4:04, and as I hit the bottom of the climb I was still running a sub-4:30 pace.
The climb itself was as hard as I thought it would be, but I ran the whole way all the same. There were sections where I could have walked, I suppose, but instead I concentrated on my form, laying down my feet properly and driving with my arms to keep momentum up. It paid off, too, when I would later see I had recorded a personal best on the climb by nearly 30 seconds (3:39 down from 4:08).
I ran along the top of the Saint Clair for a little, then turned down another climb to find the river again. I crossed into the Parc once again and then laid down another personal best between the main entrance and the gate at the Boulevard de Belges (2:42 down from 2:51). After that is was a simple loop back into Villeurbanne, a few hundred meters of turning around to find the right supermarket to pick up a late lunch for eating at my desk, and then back to work.