Hill training is something many people dread, but it also can can provide several benefits for runners, including:
- leg strength: Running uphill requires you to run against the resistance of gravity and therefore requires more effort. This can help to build strength in the legs, hips, and glutes.
2. Improved running form: Running uphill requires a different running form, with a more upright posture and a shorter stride, which can help to improve overall running form and efficiency.
3. Increased cardiovascular fitness: Running uphill is more demanding on the cardiovascular system than running on flat terrain, which can help to improve cardiovascular fitness and lung capacity.
4. Improved running economy: As a result of increased leg strength, better form and cardiovascular fitness, running economy (the amount of oxygen you need to maintain a given pace) will improve as well.
5. Greater mental toughness: Hills can be more challenging mentally and physically, training on hills can help you to develop the mental toughness and determination needed to push through tough spots during races and runs.
6. Variety in your training: Hill training can provide a change of pace from the usual routine, keeping your training fresh and interesting.
It’s worth noting that hills can also cause a greater strain on your joints so it’s important to start gradually and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your hill training over time.