In June I'm moving from New Orleans to Seattle. Among the many differences between the two cities, there is a significant different in the elevation. New Orleans is flat. Really, really flat. The elevation range here is only -6.5 to 20 ft. (I'm pretty sure most of the city only ranges -6 to +10 or so, and the levees are skewing the number listed above.) As a runner, I've become accustomed to thinking of speed bumps as hills.
Seattle, on the other hand, is FULL of hills. In fact, neighborhoods are known for their hills and directions often come in the form of the relationship to hills. As in, "yeah, it's just on the other side of Queen Anne Hill" rather than "it's West of here." Tuesday I walked over 11 miles in the process of apartment hunting.
Holy mother of all that is painful!
My legs hurt WAY more today than they did after the Country Music Marathon 1 week ago. I woke up this morning and wondered if I'd been sledgehammered in my sleep. This is going to take some getting used to. But I won't let the hills beat me. In the next couple months, I want to start eating hills for breakfast, chewing them up and spitting them out.
Did you ever have to adjust to hills? How long did it take you?