One of my favorite topics I talk about is hill repeats.
Not only is it one of the most powerful types of runs that endurance runners can do... but it is also one of the most polarizing.
Most runners I meet fall into one of the two following camps.
Group #1: You hate hills
AKA, you avoid hills like the plague and navigate around them when you plot your routes.
Group #2: Or, you love to hate hills
AKA, you break yourself down trying to push hills as hard as possible because you love the pain.
The second group often bangs their chest around their friends and talks about their almighty hill workouts.
However, they don't realize that they are pushing their body to the "point of no return" when they complete workouts like this.
If you reach this point, you can't recover quick enough for your next workout. You will disrupt your training schedule and elevate your injury risk.
One of the great advantages of hill workouts is that it is easier to push yourself into areas of higher work loads WITHOUT the stressing impacts that come from running fast on flat ground.
Although it is tempting, fun, and even exhilarating to go all out on the hills, you cannot push into dangerous territory.
Or, you will defeat the purpose of the workout and you may slowly grow to hate hills again.
However, there is a middle ground between the ones who avoid hills and the ones who suffer on them.
You can love hills.
Here is what Stryder Alan had to say about how he runs hills now:
You can love hills if you know the right intensity to run at.
Stryd is here to help you run at the right intensity.
Stryd will tell you the right power zone to run in on hills so you get the desired benefits from your hill runs without burning yourself out.
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