I ran up Patterson Plank, which is a lovely long incline (over a mile long and 160 feet elevation). I quite liked running on Patterson Plank because it’s a long uninterrupted stretch with a few people. When you’re running north, to the right you have a view of Hoboken and Manhattan peaking through the leafy foliage of tree tops. There are sections with shade, so I wasn’t out in the full sun the entire time I was running. After the climb up, I had a bit of a break going downhill on 14th St. The bottom of 14th St was my turn around point. I tried to speedily run up 14th St — not a sprint, but a solid fast run up.
Back on Patterson, I was tired so I ran down comfortably. I took this time to practice running downhill. Ben says that I brake too much whenever I go downhill. I consciously thought about taking small quick light little steps.
When I was 3/4s of the way down, I remembered Blessed with Thunder Thigh‘s post about rolling hill simulations. When you have a nice long incline, rather than running it straight up, you can simulate rolling hills by running up part way, then running down a bit, and running back up, and then back down again until you’re at the top of the incline. Patterson Plank is lined with telephone poles, so I used down as my markers. I sprinted the distance of two telephone poles and then recovered by slowly jogging down to a telephone pole. I turned around, sprinted again the distance of two telephones, and slowly jogged down to a telephone pole. I did this a few times. I found it quite fun and invigorating. I loved this work out and will be doing more of this. I also really like running on Patterson Plank and recommend this area if you’re in the Hoboken area. I (and most Hoboken runners) usually run along the waterfront, but this is a good change of pace.
The total distance I ran was 4.3 miles in 32:04 (~ 9:00 pace).