The light bulb went on. Given that I have done zero hill training this year, I figured I was due. I was going to run in High Park so instead of running mile repeats around the top loop, I would warm up and then tackle my hill repeats on good old Spring Road.
I did a nice easy warm up around the back end of the park and made my way over to Spring Road. I let my shuffle play what it wanted to. At the end of my first repeat, on the way down the hill, Run to the Hills came on. Adrenaline pumping, I turned around and tackled my second repeat. Much harder than the first. The wailing guitar and thumping bass pushed me up that hill. Wow. I had to force myself not to try and play air guitar while running. There were lots of people around and I looked crazy enough as it was. The song ended and I hit repeat. Why not. Up and down, repeat. Up and down, repeat. That song got me through repeats 2 through 5. I wasn't sure about a sixth but decided I might as well. So off I went just as the song finished. I decided to let the shuffle do it's work again and let it play. Next up The Arctic Monkeys "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor." I had to laugh. Iron Maiden followed by The Arctic Monkeys. Talk about opposites. Two very different bands but I love them for the same reason. Their music gets me going. And anything that can give me that extra kick in the pants is a good thing in my book.