So, who remembers last week? We ran a few hills one day… didn’t we… and yesterday too!
Runnersworld.com says that running hills helps with leg strength, how efficiently your body uses oxygen, and aerobic capacity. Running uphill strengthens your hamstrings, calves, glutes, hip flexors, and Achilles tendons. Hill training also uses more upper body muscles then flat running. The article says that hill running is great resistance training because you are fighting the resistance of the slope on the uphill and gravity on the downhill.
Aside from these benefits, running hills also helps you lengthen your stride by increasing your hip flexibility. In the long run, this makes you a faster runner. If this isn’t enough for you, then consider this, running hills is a better heart and lung workout than running on a flat surface. The harder you push, the more oxygen your body will require.
Man, sounds like maybe we should do more of this stuff, huh?
1) Every 3 minutes complete: (6 rounds total) 400m Run, 15 Push Ups
2) 5 min AMRAP of 5 Bar Rows, Sprint, 10 Dips, Sprint
3) 5 Rounds Partner Stair Sprints