Running uphill can be daunting! We know that fighting gravity as you climb the incline requires serious amounts of energy, but, like with many things in life, there is a technique to conquering hills. Watch this training video, and learn how to tackle the incline. Put these tips into practice, and you will rock the hills on race day.View Transcript »
Most endurance races include an uphill portion so don't neglect tackling the hills in your training. Here are a few pointers so those big climbs don't seem so daunting on race day. Good running form conserves energy since running uphill require a lot more energy then running in flat terrain good form becomes essential, keep your posture upright and look straight ahead not down, which makes breathing sufficiently difficult. You can lean into the hill but don't slouch. Your legs are working really hard to get you up the hill so help them out by increasing the power of the swing of your arm. As you are climbing up the hill, jump focus on your feet but instead on back and forth motion of your arms. Remember, your feet will follow the pace set by your arms. As you're running, make sure you're lifting your knees high. This will help increase the pace of your stride and contribute to proper posture. Which each step you take up, spring off the ball off your foot. This will help propel you forward and make the hold a little easier to climb. Shortening your stride will help too. When starting the climb, there's no need to accelerate, work on maintaining your effort not your pace. Save your energy for the summit. Put these ideas in the practice during your training and thanks for watching FitSugar TV.