Running uphill can be an extremely humbling experience. It can beat you into stoppng in your tracks, make you stay off of any hill, or ever worse make you become a treadmill only runner, AAAHHHHHH!!!! Oh the horror! Everyone CAN run, but not everyone can run uphill well. Today I’m going to expand onn running uphill and share some tricks that I’ve used to conquer hills in my path, pass and even win races because of hills.
Scenario: You’re out running over by mellor park mall, you go around the grass field at the back of the mall, and you’re headed back down Madison. You turn right and decide to run up 13th street. This particular stretch of road is known as one of the toughest hills in the ElDorado area, or as they say in Magnolia, “One Hill of a Hill!”:-)
What do you do? Pop Quiz!
- Blast up it as hard and fast as you are able (Shout out Holly Walker)
- Keep your pace but use your toes only for each step
- Walk up it
- Shorten your stride, lean in with head down and “baby step” to the top
My favorite answer is 3! But 4 is correct.
Shorten your stride by about a third, lean further into the hill and just kinda trot up to the top. Your head being down helps as well, it tricks me into keeping this form until I get to the top and automatically stop leaning as far.
You WILL pass people you are running with. You WILL NOT use up all of your energy getting up the hill. Most importantly, you’ll have plenty of energy for a strong finish to your run.