REACH your PERSONAL BEST
MANY RUNNERS DREAD HILLS,
but training on them brings benefits that help you run better on any terrain: glute and leg strength, a more efficient stride and greater aerobic capacity.
On the other hand, hill training may lead to hip, knee and ankle pain if you are not careful. The steeper the incline you are tackling, the greater the stress on your body and the harder it then becomes to avoid slumping forward, says personal trainer Mark Schneide: ‘If you can’t maintain your posture, you will eventually break.’ To stay injury-free on those hills, perform these moves at least twice per week. Do the sequence once as a prerun warm-up or four times as a workout on a non-running day.
Make sure you do not try to do too many repetitions in the early weeks. Take your time.