When I’m doing just an easy hour long run, I try to run some hills instead of completely flat paths, easy for me to do since I live
in a shoe on a hill.
Running hills can make you a stronger runner and will help you mentally and physically prepare for them in a race.
The proper hill running form from Runner’s Connect:
It’s important to lean into the hill but keep your chest open, don’t hunch over.
Focus on keeping the same effort, not pace. The problem with running hills is that it’s harder work and your pace slows down. In other new, life is unfair. Concentrate on keeping the same effort because your pace will slow down (you can make it up on the downhill) and this way, you can reach the top of the hill and not be completely and totally gassed.
I don’t look at my watch at all when running hills because all that happens is I feel like I’ve been running a mountain for a solid mile or two, and I look down and see it’s .15 miles and I’m averaging a 2 minute slower pace. fun. So instead I look about 10 feet in front of me and concentrate on getting to the top.
I’ve also heard to visualize a rope tied around your waist pulling you up the hill.
How I feel when running up a curb-heighth incline:
Runner’s World has an article on hill workouts and other tips.
Today I’m headed north to Oregon, Seattle and eventually Alaska. This will basically be me except the Idaho part although I do want to do that Soda Screamer race there…
I will still be blogging (got some great posts and guest posts lined up), but I might not be as quick responding to email so check out the Advice page first for answers to common questions and “how to” posts.
On Saturday I’m running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon with PRO Compression. Better get the USA 4th of July socks now, there’s only a few sizes and pairs left! The code JL4 saves you 40% and free shipping. I’m be sporting mine on the boat like a boss.