‘There’s always going to be another mountain,
I’m always gonna wanna make it move,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about whats waiting on the other side,
It’s the climb…’
Forgive me for quoting a Miley Cyrus song, but I like the lyrics. In our training, as in life, it can seem like there’s always a mountain to climb, and we often focus solely on the idea of the reward waiting beyond the mountain, or sometimes just getting through. But since more often than not we spend most of our time on the ‘climb’, why not try and enjoy it and appreciate it more? Try to enjoy the hard work, and look at the benefits of just doing exercise itself – releasing stress and endorphins, energising and invigorating us.
‘The Climb’ today also refers to hill training. Hills are fantastic for your running training (or for walking or cycling). Fortunately, the area I run in is quite hilly, with some long steap ones thrown in for good measure, so my usual run routes are quite varied, with flat and hilly parts. If you’ve entered a race, you’re not guarranteed a flat route, and personally I find those quite boring. Hills will build your endurance and strength, and as a bonus are great for your derriere! Remember, the hill will end at some point. So put your head down, blast those tunes and go for it! (Don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way!)