Run Hills For Speed

Hill workouts are one of the best ways to build run strength and speed for any race distance race. When we use gravity to increase the challenge of a run workout, we improve the efficiency of our run stride and eliminate wasted energy from poor form. Benefits of running hills are:

  • Improved run strength and endurance.
  • Less injury and faster recovery by reducing the force of impact.
  • Increased power in the pushoff, which increases your stride length without the dangers of over striding.

These are just 3 of the many benefits of running hills at a fast effort. If you are new to running hills, start by incorporating five 60 second 10k efforts up a moderate hill. Recover down the hill with short easy strides before starting the next repeat. Make sure to maintain a run cadence of 180 steps / minute for best results!  Hope to see you at Freedom Park tomorrow for hill repeats!