Let’s face it. No one really likes to run hills. We like what hills do for our body (and our booty!), but does anyone truly enjoy running up a steep hill? Getting the heart pounding, feeling every muscle straining to pull our bodies upward and gasping for breath all comes along with hill repeats. No – hill running is not for the weak.
Hill running is, however, necessary for many reasons.
Running hills builds speed. To a point – this goes without any explanation. If you can run a steady pace up a hill, you are bound to have increased your stamina for flat running and are an all around kick-butt person!
Hills build endurance. Try hill running for a few weeks and then head out on your regular route on flatter ground. You’ll notice a huge boost in endurance. Your muscles, lungs and heart have all gotten stronger and provide a great base for distance increases on less hilly routes.
You’ll feel like you can do anything. Yes – summiting the top of a huge hill or mountain builds confidence like no other. You may even find yourself hashtaging things like #beast, #beatthehill and #bootykicker, etc.
Your race is on a hilly course. Fact – you can’t break any PR’s if you have been training on flat land for a hilly course. If you train on hills at least two days a week then the course will be relatively “easy.” If you dread hills and refuse to train on them, guess what? You will still hate hills on race day. Do yourself a favor and train for hills! It makes a world of difference.
Now what? You know hill running is great for you – so go ahead – go run some hills! Don’t worry if you aren’t used to hill running. Start slow and at your own level. Try by sprinting 20 seconds up a hill. Walk down. Repeat 10 times. Gradually increase the sprint time as you get stronger.
Let me know how it goes! Have a great hill workout you want to share? Leave me a note in the comments.