Dreaded Druid Hills Redux

Last Saturday, I ran the Dreaded Druid Hills 10K for the second year in a row.  For a recap of last year, click here.  This year, I wanted to run it again, especially since I was beginning to miss racing.

The hills were still dreaded.  Over the course of the race, there is a 123 feet climb. Seriously, absolutely crazy climbs.  Last year, I was too busy focused on getting up the hills to realize how twisty the hills are – there are some ridiculous spirals.

My focus was on finishing not on a PR.  I was glad for that as my time was 1:36 which was slower than last year.  One thing I didn’t do this year was wear my ProCompression socks.  A decision that I did regret later that day when my calves were on fire! From now on, I will #KeepItTight!

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Do you train on hills? How do you recover after a hot, sweaty run?

My Running Ingredients

Sarah & Dimity over at Another Mother Runner asked a great question this week.  What are the five key ingredients of your running? The elements that “define your running journey.” I responded on their site but I wanted to share my ingredients with you here as well.

1. The Fab 4 ~ Dawn, Khusana & Joy with me. They make long runs go fast!

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2. Saucony running shoes – I’m on my 3rd pair for the year. I keep testing other brands but always come back to my Sauconys.
3. Cool running socks – Toe socks, socks with cool sayings, wool winter running socks, compression socks for long runs. You name a type of sock, I probably have them!

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4. Compression tights or a girdle under regular tights and shorts – I’ve been rebuilding my core strength since my hysterectomy. But on long runs, I still need the added support.
5. My family – without them to encourage me, there are times when I might have given up on my aim to hit 13 in 2013 this year.

What are your 5 ingredients for running? Tell me below in the comments. Or better yet, enter the drawing on Another Mother Runner and place a link for your entry here with your list!

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15th, 2013
Aiming for a PR!