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Hill Running for Half Marathon

Running Hills Brian Kondas Clearwater Bridge

My second hill running in Clearwater Florida in preparation for my third half marathon on January 30, 2022. The first hill training was 12 days ago at the same Clearwater Beach location. However, instead of paying $5 to park at Sand Key Park, I parked in Clearwater for free! Public parking is available at no charge at 301 Pierce Street, Clearwater, FL. At the corner of Osceola Ave and Pierce Street is free parking for the Clearwater Ferry.

This time I’m not running hills while holding my GoPro and iSteady gimbal. Also, my heart rate never goes into zone 5 compared to 7% in my first run. Even though the average pace for both runs is 10 minutes per mile, I run 57% in zone 4 compared to 70% in the first run. Furthermore, I spend almost twice as much time in zone 3 (41%) compared to only 21% in my first run.

Thus, I’m able to run a 10:00 pace at a lower heart rate.

Polar Running Map

Polar Running Map with mile markers in Clearwater FL

I wear a Polar Vantage M watch with an H10 heart rate monitor on my chest. Attached to my right New Balance 880 running shoe is a Polar Stride Sensor. My average cadence is 75 x 2 = 150, and my average stride length is 43 inches.

My 8.1-mile training run starts at the public parking lot in Clearwater. First, I run down Pierce Street and up a circular pedestrian ramp to Route 60. Then I run up the Memorial Causeway Bridge and over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to Clearwater Beach.

At mile 3, I run up the Sand Key Bridge to Sand Key Park. Inside the park, I pass mile 4 and use the public restroom. Then I follow the same route back to complete the 8.1 miles in 1:21:32.

Hill Running Nutrition

90 minutes before the run, I drink about 12 ounces of G-endurance and eat a ham and cheddar cheese sandwich on whole-wheat bread.

During this hill running half marathon training, I carried two 8 ounce bottles of G-endurance drink in a hydration belt. After running 3 miles in 30 minutes, I drink my first bottle as I run up Sand Key Bridge. Keeping this 10 minute per mile pace, I drink my last bottle at mile 6 at 60 minutes.

About twenty minutes later, the 8.1-mile run is done and I’m back at my car. While sitting down in the driver’s seat, I eat a banana and drink water. I drive home and thirty minutes later I’m eating meatloaf and drinking water for dinner.

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