April 25 2017
When we start thinking of foods as "good" or "bad" or justify gorging because we ran all the miles, we are putting our health at risk.
Hills: nemesis of the runner and loathed by many. Most runners dodge hills because they are hard—we avoid them in training runs and races. Hills are tough, they slow us down and make us feel like we aren’t as good as we thought we were, which is why so many runners try to find a way around them.
But there is quite literally power in running hills, they are one of the most underutilized training tools. Running hills is one of the best things a runner can do to become stronger mentally and physically.
When you confront the thing that you avoid, when you tackle it head on and embrace it, you ultimately gain power over it and from it. Hills are hard and when you incorporate hard training runs into your race day preparation you’ll find yourself better able to tackle the mental hurdles that will come our way during your race.
Running hills builds leg strength and strong legs are powerful legs. The more power you can generate in a single stride the faster you will run. Hill running also builds cardiovascular fitness, running hill repeats where you walk or jog back down the hill is a great way to get the benefits of interval training without hitting the track.