Running hills is a great way to build strength and shed body fat. Also, it can help you prep for a race. Here are some tips for hill-running:
1. Maintain good form– shorten your stride and focus on a faster turnover; make sure to use your arms, keep your lungs open by avoiding slouching, use your abs to get your knees up
2. Start easy– Suggestion: practice running up smaller hills before starting hill-repeats on a larger incline; extend your warm-up time to allow the muscles to achieve a greater range of motion. Don’t go all-out on the first few hills but gradually build up your pace, most importantly: listen to your body.
3. Be consistent– schedule a hill-repeat workout every week to 2 weeks.
4. Run up the hill at race-pace and jog down to prep for another set
5. Wear proper running shoes– try not to wear shoes that are either too heavy or worn out to not only get the most out of your workout but to also prevent injuries
Here’s a list of the top shoes of 2014, rated by runners like you!
(Not written in order of quality)
1. Saucony Hurricane 16- A solid platform for injury-prone and heavier runners.
2. Mizuno Wave Inspire 10- Plenty of stability and comfort on long runs without the extra weight.
3. Adidas Adizero Adios Boost- Delivers superior cushioning over traditional EVA foams.
4. Asics Gel-Kayano 20- A favorite of runners seeking lots of cushioning and stability.
5. Sketchers GOrun Ride 3- Surprisingly soft ride for a thin midsole.
1. Brooks Pureflow 3- An overhaul that brings excellent cushioning and a smoother landing.
2. Saucony Triumph- A soft ride, especially in the forefoot.
3. Brooks Ravenna 5- An up-tempo choice for runners who train in the Brooks Adrenaline.
4. New Balance Fresh Foam 980- Best for lightweight runners with average arches.
5. Adidas Supernova Glide 6- Top-of-the-line cushioning built for the long run.