Training

4 Simple Tricks To Becoming a Great Hill Runner

Think of these 4 tips every time you run a hill!

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Use these tricks to summit with success

1. Think of hills as a vertical challenge rather than part of your normal run. They require a different strategy.

2. Forget pace. Always run hills by effort, not speed.

3. Your technique is as important as your strategy. When going up, shorten your stride, keep your torso tall, fix your gaze on the top of the hill, drive your elbows back and focus on pushing off from your toes. When running down, open your stride and let gravity pull you to the bottom.

4. If you live in a flat area, run on bridges, use a treadmill with a varied incline and look for trails (off-road options often include more rollers).

Related: Hilly 5K Training Plan