YESTERDAY'S POST provided a reminder to those following the 2017 Half Marathon with ‘Saints Days’ 5K + 10K Training Plan that hill repeats were an option. To bolster the suggestion to consider performing this workout, here’s some information on the topic. The blog of January 21, 2016 “Hill Repeats for Training, Explained” referenced an article written by Fred Fornicola in Breakingmuscle.com that, among other issues, speaks to the benefits of running intervals up hills.
There’s an article, also written in 2016, that discusses more recent scientific research on the topic and offers a starter plan. “You Should Be Doing Hill Repeats Now” written last March by Mackenzie Lobby Havey for Triathlete.com encourages runners to get busy now using indoor treadmills to get ready for the outdoor season.
She referenced several research studies and Carrie Burnett a “USAT-certified coach at Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy in Texas”.
It’s important to note that both experts Fornicola and Burnett stress form over speed, so best to get their advice on good uphill posture. Havey writes, “Barrett works with her athletes on adopting a slight forward lean that stems from the ankles rather than the hips. She also encourages a high cadence and working on striking underneath the hips as you drive up the hill.”
Get going and discover a new way to train; you can get both inspiration and plans in these articles. What a deal.
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