I was reminded last night about how much I really dislike hills. I know that hill running builds strength, which translates to faster times, and blah blah blah... doesn't make it any less painful! I have tried multiple ways of "tricking" myself into thinking that the hill I was climbing wasn't so awful: (1) only looking a few feet in front of me (the ground looks kind of flat this way), (2) dividing my mental image of the hill by 3 (heard one time that people over-estimate the size of hills by 3x), and my personal favorite (3) thinking of each actual step up the hill as a discrete elevation (points only become a hill when you connect them... beginning electronics might have been a little boring, this made the lecture on analog-to-digital conversion a bit more interesting). With respect to "racing" up hills, I also heard that you should make your move in the final 1/3 because this is where the majority of people slow down. For more on hill running technique, read Killer Hill Approaches. And, when things get really hard, just think:
"At least I'm not stuck in the office" (someone was yelling this up Heartbreak Hill... made me smile).