Anyone who has spent time training with me has experienced their share of steep, mountainous runs. I’ve been taking athletes out to run mountains and hills for as long as I can remember. Such runs are both physically and mentally taxing. I can learn a lot about an athlete by just observing how they respond to the challenge. For example, I’ll quickly see what kind of shape they are in and how they deal with adversity. As a coach, that’s priceless feedback.
There’s one particular road that my athletes know as The Mountain. I’ve never seen anyone get excited about running it. It’s a long, steep road that’s filled with suck. There’s nothing enjoyable about running the mountain. It’s one of those runs where you just can’t wait to be finished. And when you do finally reach the top, profanities usually pour from the mouth. It’s a good thing that the mountain doesn’t have ears as it’s been called every word in the book.