I have hills on my mind today, because I’ve run a lot of them this week (a lot for me anyways). I hate running hills and because of this I usually avoid them. But this training cycle, I’ve really been trying to add more to my runs. Hills can help to build strength and increase speed.
Here are some of the hills I’ve done this week:
Sunday: Falmouth Road Race. A 7 mile race, the first three miles are rolling hills and there is a short steep hill right before the finish line.
Monday: 5 mile run on the Cape on a rolling hill course.
Tuesday: Ran the Newton Hills of the Boston Marathon course. I ate a grilled cheese and french fries right before this run (not a smart choice) so I felt like I was going to puke the whole way, but I made it.
Friday: 6 x 1 minute hill sprints at a hard effort. I don’t think I was actually moving very fast but I was running at a hard effort. I walked down the hill after a few of the repeats, and jogged slowly back down the hill for the others. These nearly killed me, but I was so proud of myself for not quitting.
Tips for Making Running Hills Suck Less:
- shorten your stride
- lift your knees
- lean in to the hill
- keep your eyes forward to avoid hunching over
- think about your arms. If you move your arms faster your feet will follow. I try to think about my arms and not my legs when running uphill and it makes my legs feel lighter. Maybe that’s just me, but try it and see what you think.
How often do you run hills? Do you like running hills?