I loved this article—> The Best Way to Run and Race Hills.
Hills intimidate me. When I am running uphill I feel like my heart rate is maxed out, speedwork doesn’t even do that to me. Maybe hills feel extra hard for me because I have done trillions of flat treadmill miles over the years or maybe because in the past I have been a champion at choosing the routes that closely resemble pancakes (flat)… either way, hills are one of the many things I am focusing in on in my training for my next marathon. I am running outside as much as possible and really trying to squeeze hills in as much as possible. For me, I really like to pace hills according to effort. If I try to keep the same pace going up a hill as when I am running on a flat surface then I run out of steam FAST.
If I go up the hill and focus on pushing myself as hard as I do when running on the flat portions then I still have plenty of energy to cruise back down the hill and hold pace on the flat sections. I rarely (if ever) look at my watch when going up a hill. I am not concerned about my speed as much as making sure that I am putting in a good effort and saving something in me for the rest of the course. If hills are killing you off lately, maybe try out going off of effort rather than a specific pace (unless your training plan calls for hill sprints or a specific hill workout, that is another story. Those workouts are designed for you to sprint up and recover on the way back down. Races are a different story for me because I usually make up for lost time on the downhill and avoid going all out on the up).
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What is your hill strategy in a race or hard run?
What has been the HILLIEST race course that you have ever done?
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