Hills are a runner’s friend.
What are the benefits of hill running?
- They build stamina
- They build strength and endurance
- The help with overall fitness
- They are a form of sprint training like no other
- AND the most important thing, when we come to a hill in a race we are prepared!
Hills are our friends.
They teach us how strong we are. How good is it to get to the top of a hill and realise that we ran up it? It’s amazing!
Hills give us wings. Hill running helps us to believe in ourselves.
The feeling of mightiness we get at the top of a hill can’t be obtained any other way.
Wednesday night is hill repeat night for Pauly, Louise and I. We’ve been doing them for months and months now. I started doing hill repeats as part of my 2013 Point to Pinnacle training this very week last year. Why this week? This week is the first official training week of P2P. Unlike this time last year I was doing these hill repeats on my own. Pauly was in the middle of calving and Louise was just starting to talk to us about maybe joining us on a fun run. What a difference a year makes. The hill I chose last year was a longer hill in distance but with slightly less incline. The hill that we run up and down now is much steeper and shorter. I learnt from our wonderful Coach that it’s the incline and the intensity that give us the edge. That putting in long kms of hill repeats isn’t necessary. A short sharp session of hill repeats mixed in with an undulating longer run and a tempo session during the week are quite enough to get us to peak fitness for P2P. Add in a couple of cross training sessions and we are on track. I find myself in the first week of training but in honesty if I scan down the training plan, I’m more at week eight. How amazing is that?
And who do I have to thank for this? The hills. The hills that Pauly, Louise and I run up and down each week. That long undulating run that is peppered with inclines of varying intensities that Louise and I do each week. I have hills to thank for my running fitness. Thank you hills!
I am a hill runner I can run up hills, I am a hill runner I can run up hills is my favourite running mantra. I have hillitude!
It was wonderful when Louise joined us with our training. It’s been a total joy to train with her and then cross finish lines with her…well…she crosses and then I cross and that’s ok. Same with Pauly, he crosses and then I cross. Someone has to be the slower one of the three and that’s me! But guess what? There were four of us crazy people out tonight in Deloraine running up and down hills. Pauly and Louise and I AND Louise’s’ husband Grant! Grant is going to walk the P2P this year but judging from how he was running with us (yes, running and out in front) I think he might be catching the running bug! It was a wonderful spring-like evening too. The days are getting longer and as such more people get to have fun giving us strange looks. We’re not crazy to be running up hills, we are just being prepared and getting ready to run and walk up that mountain in just under three months.
Happy running 🙂
PS it is no mean feat to walk the Point to Pinnacle. Walkers are given 4:40:00 and runners 3:40:00 to get from sea level all the way to the top of Mt Wellington (21.4kms and with a rise in altitude to 1250m). This week is the week to start those hill repeats so that we can be as ready as possible to meet the mountain and get all the way to the Pinnacle. Trust me it’s so worth it. It is THE most amazing experience. They don’t call it the world’s toughest half marathon for nothing. If I can put the training in and get myself ready to run that mountain then it’s possible for anyone! Point to Pinnacle here we come!