4 HILL OR MOUNTAIN RUNNING
“A hill or mountain run is seriously challenging – one of the hardest runs you can do – but reaching the summit gives you an incredible buzz,” says Dixon.
“Uphill running is a fantastic way to test your leg muscles, as well as your core and lowerbody joints, in a different way from running on the flat,” says Dixon. “It’s especially good for your glutes because they must drive hard to keep you propelled upwards with each step.” When you come back down, though, watch your speed. “Running too fast downhill can cause your feet to slip, and your quads may be sore for days afterwards if you work them too hard during your descent. The bigger the peak, the greater the weather difference can be, so always prepare for all eventualities. And safety must come first – do your research and take the same precautions as when you’re trail running.”