Hills are my downfall in running. I avoid them at all cost. As a result, when I encounter them in race, I am unprepared. Then what do I do? Walk, of course. And there goes my race pace.
Here are some strategies that are supposed to make hill running easier:
- Lean into the hill from your hips with your chest out.
- The steeper the hill the more you lean.
- Shorten your stride and lift your knees.
- Think of picking up your feet more and stepping lightly.
- Drive off your back foot.
- Pump your arms but no need to exaggerate the action.
- Look straight ahead and try to focus on something a few feet in front of you. This will help pull you up the hill.
- Try to run relaxed, you mightn’t feel this way but don’t worry you’ll soon be at the top.
- Keep an even and steady rhythm.
- Try to maintain the same breathing rate as you would on the flat. Of course on very steep hills you’ll probably be breathing harder.
So my goal is to get better and…
And the only way that is to happen is to practice.
Hill repeats, here I come!
I have some hilly races coming up this summer so hopefully I can get more comfortable with hills.
Happy Running? Do you do hill repeats? Do you practice running on hills?