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How ef­fec­tive hill train­ing will make you a stronger all-round run­ner

Trail Running (UK) - - Training -

Hill ses­sions are an as­pect of train­ing many of us ne­glect. But whether you’re look­ing to train for hilly races, work on gen­eral fit­ness or build strength, it’s a very ef­fec­tive work­out. You get your heart rate up with­out hav­ing to run fast and see the ben­e­fits very quickly.

The good news is you don’t have to live in the Alps to bank solid hill train­ing. You can cre­ate re­ally tough ses­sions even with rel­a­tively small hills – from short, ex­plo­sive reps to con­tin­u­ous ups and downs.

In this ar­ti­cle we take a look at how any run­ner can in­cor­po­rate hills into their train­ing to get max­i­mum ben­e­fit.

Natalie White, for­mer English and Bri­tish fell run­ning cham­pion and coach, gives us her ad­vice on ef­fec­tive hill ses­sions you can try; plus how of­ten you should be do­ing them and top tips to im­prove your up­hill and down­hill form.

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