The temps were nice and the rain stayed away so I talked hubby into skipping the YMCA and head home. I really like hill training around my house and the thought of the YMCA treadmill cranked up to a 15% incline just wasn't appealing. You know how sometimes the unplanned workouts turn out to be the absolute best? Last night was one of those nights. What started as another routine run warm-up leading into hill repeats in the horse field, turned into an adventure complete with blood, mud, and today, the tired feeling of a good workout the day before. I fell, crawled, struggled, and got bloody. I was completely drawn to this huge, steep, wooded hill that edges my dad's property. The only way there is straight through the ankle deep creek and swamp - perfect mudder training. The hill itself is fairly open of underbrush which is what attracted me to it -- a nice clear climb to the top. The hill repeats were 2 minutes long, and the HR went into the 170's within 30 seconds. I think the length of the hill might be about 75-100 yards. I did 6 of them. The entire workout was 56 minutes and I can feel today that the higher heart rate took its toll on my body. I had SOOO much fun. I'd get to the top and act like Rocky climbing steps. I was giggling at what my dad would be saying if he saw me... "there's something ain't right with that girl. She musta fell off the high chair when she was little." Now THAT's what exercise is all about -- the fun factor. Today is a day off (except of course for my routine 3:30ish core work). Tomorrow will be a 2-3 hour paddle down the Red Mo Creek but I think I 'll do some trainer work before we go 'cause I can't get a good workout sitting in a boat going downstream. And Sunday is a 10:00 am session in Weiser State Forest. Ride, run -- whatever the weather allows (run if rainy, run and ride if dry and warmish). The run will be about 7 miles. I'll update you Monday morning.