MARATHON PREP TAKES HIGH ROAD
THIS week for my column on training for the Gold Coast Marathon I’m tackling hill running.
I know what you’re thinking. The marathon course is hardly hilly.
Well, so what? Variety is the spice of life, dear reader.
And for once I have actually engaged an expert to talk about the issue.
Griffith University’s Clare Minahan studies exercise and sport at the School of Allied Health Sciences.
She says hill running can be a two-edged sword.
“Hill running, you increase the load, or intensity, with which you are running. So it is a good way to fit in more training within a limited space of time,” she said.
“The problem is if the hill is too steep it changes your technique or biomechanics. You have to be careful doing too much, even downhill running, because it changes your stride length.”
Everything in moderation, it seems.
And that is something I have no problem with, when it comes to running.
Pizza and beer? That’s a different story.
Alister Thomson takes hill training to the next level.