Enjoyed your Helvetia race report, Rip - that's so cool! I haven't done much uphill anything, although I was running the stairs at work a couple times a week in the spring. Over 225 steps going up, and would do that 3 times, so it was a booger! But it made races a lot easier!
I tried the Nike+ app again, started the training plan over, but the speed and tempo workouts still didn't do much for me. Just go out and run, no voice direction or anything. Maybe the developers assume you have access to a track. I don't. Our local high school track is being redone, and the next closest one has locked gates.
Anyway, I switched to "adidas train and run", and I like the running plans, but they seem like they're meant for 20-somethings. I haven't been able to maintain the pace that the "coach" is asking for, because I'm pushing so hard that my heart rate is too high to continue. Same with the strength/conditioning plans. Supposedly there's an "assessment" workout, but I can't find it in the app. And to top it off, I can't find my chest strap HR monitor. I'm sure the app would work better for me that way. Of course the one adidas wants me to use is an expensive bracelet which I'm not about to buy.
I've provided feedback to both developers. I really like a lot of aspects of both apps, but I can't use either one effectively at this point. Carp.
Well, will just do an easy run in the morning and hope for a response from the developers some day.
Oh - saw a migrating kettle of about 60-70 hawks during my Sunday morning run. That was something I hadn't seen in a long time!