It’s no secret that I really don’t care for hills because, umm, they’re hard. Unless I am training for a hilly race I will avoid them or my running friends/running group will force me to run them.
I am always thankful when I do run hills because it is an awesome way to strength train and build speed. Also helps to strengthen hamstrings, hips, calves and other leg parts.
Tuesday night, I met with the Second Sole running group and they were doing hill repeats, ugh, I mean great! Had I ran on my own I would have only done 5-6 miles because my legs were still sore from Monday’s 5K, so it was good I was meeting up with them. We did a 2.5ish mile warm up just to get to “the hill”. I think the hill is called Rockcliffe, but don’t quote me on that. Then we sprint up the hill for 90 seconds. The hill is big enough that it would take me at least 2 mins to get to the top, so I am glad we run for time and not distance here.
If you make it to the top you get an awesome view of the Rocky River Metroparks. My camera does not even do it justice.
After sprinting up the hill for 90 secs we recover and jog back down the hill.
Then repeat! Ugh, crazy talk, but yes do it multiple times. Most people start out with 5 and work up to 8. I am crazy and just jump in and do 8.
Not gonna lie the first time I did these I was dying, it was tough stuff and I was huffing and puffing. However, yesterday when I did them there was a noticeable improvement. I could get farther up the hill (which means I was faster), breathing was better and overall was not too torturous.
Then took a nice 2.5ish mile cooldown to get back to where we started.
Jeff Galloway says:
Did you know that running uphill, at race pace; will strengthen your legs better than any weight training you could do?
I am not running uphill at race pace…yet
Do you run hills? Would you ever run a completely down hill course? I think my quads would give out on a complete down hill course.