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01/10/2012 - Butler Killer Hill Route

posted Jan 11, 2012, 7:34 PM by Kelli Daniels
    Tonight I drove up to Butler for a hill workout.  After going up there and scoping out hills for a few weeks, I had finally constructed a route that would give me a good mix of shorter, steeper hills and longer, slower hills with some decent downhills and recovery in between.  It was in the mid-forties when I started my run and it felt nice to run without a hat on.

    The course was pretty good (if I do say so myself).  The only problem was that one of the streets was pretty dark and the sidewalks were not level.  (I had previously run this portion in the daylight.)  Since I was supposed to be charging uphill on this street, it made for a few scary minutes.  I only ended up doing that part of the course once, but I found myself strongly considering getting a headlamp.  It would solve my problems.  I would be able to see where I was going and be able to see where the sidewalk was going to be uneven, plus cars would be able to see me that much better.  Then I thought to myself, "did I really just consider getting a headlamp?"  I have always thought that only really crazy people run with headlamps.  I mean, if you need a headlamp, maybe you shouldn't be running there.  Now, since I have to do most of my runs in the dark and am supposed to be doing hills as much as possible, it actually seems like a reasonable idea.  I'm still undecided.  I do like my course...  But do I really want to join the league of headlamp-wearing runners?