MARATHON PREP TAKES HIGH ROAD

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - ALISTER THOMSON

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.

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMPSON

Alister Thomson takes hill train­ing to the next level.

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