I don’t hate running guys, I promise I’m still doing it.
I know I’ve been writing a lot of personal things lately, and I really appreciate your support. I read each and every comment on social media, sometimes it just gets overwhelming to respond to them all when it comes to personal posts. I promise I’m going to get this blog back on track with running…..............
Starting right now…..
The only way to get better at running, is to run. Right? Well, that and strength training and drills.... but I digress. Lets talk about my new love- HILLS!
I’ll be the first to admit that running hills is intimidating and I didn’t always seek them out in my training. However, hills are a great training tool for increasing your speed, improving your running form and building your endurance. Hills present a challenge to every runner, but that’s why hill workouts will improve your running: you need to add a stressor in order for your body to make adaptations.
So recently I’ve begun to incorporate more hills into my training in hopes of becoming a better-stronger runner. I’ll admit that I’m becoming a bit of a hill lover already: while I still love my normal flat routes for long runs and harder workouts, hills on my easy run are making me feel stronger and inject a sense of thrill into a normal easy run.
THE BENEFITS OF HILL RUNNING WORKOUTS:
* Improved turnover of feet, which means faster cadence (key for running faster).
* Builds power and strength in the lower body
* Uses a variety of muscles, which teaches you to activate those muscles while running on any terrain (glute activation is important for powerful running)
* Decreased risk of injury (especially hamstring injury) compared to fast running on flat ground
* Hills are speedwork in disguise – a cliche amongst running coaches but true! During the base phase, in lieu of speed work: hills place less stress on the body than speed work, so you can focus on building your mileage while maintaining some speed and power.
* Hills build your endurance and increase your fatigue resistance
* You feel strong and that confidence permeates to other areas of your life and running
So, why avoid workouts that intimidate you? It’s not like those hills are actually going to harm you or ruin your day. If anything, they will only make you physically and mentally strong. So quit avoiding them on your route. ;)