I’m not going to lie. I freaked a little bit when I opened the email with tonight’s workout.
Workout for tomorrow will be 2 x 1.5mi repeats out on the hills.
My first thought was a way to get out of going. I checked the weather and the heat wave seems to be gone. Drats. No headaches. No work functions. I guess I should probably go to the hill workout.
It’s time to stop being such a Debbie Downer and learn to embrace the hills.
Thankfully Google exists and I was able to find some great reasons that I should suck it up and learn to love Monday hill workouts.
- The muscle groups you use to climb hills are virtually the same as those you use for sprinting, so hill work enhances your speed by building strength. (Source) I’m a slow poke so any training that will increase my speed gets an A+ in my book.
- It builds muscles in your calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and especially your glutes. Running on flat terrain strengthens those muscles as well, but not to the degree that uphill and downhill running will. Another byproduct is the strengthening of your hip flexors and your Achilles tendons. (Source) I definitely have weak hamstrings, glutes and hips. Hill workouts will be 2 workouts for the price of one for me.
- The harder you push the more oxygen your body requires to burn energy. Your lungs and heart will have to work harder to get enough oxygen into the system. To get maximum benefit from hill runs, don’t go easy on hills try to push a little harder. (Source) Since I’m training for a half marathon, the extra endurance training will be really beneficial for me!
- The strengthening of leg muscles that occurs while hill training helps reduce the risk of suffering from running-related injuries such as shin splints, IT Band issues and calf strains. (Source)
- Confidence. Hill charges require concentration which is good practice for the focus you need in a race. If you push yourself up a hill in training, it becomes easier to do it in a race. (Source)
So these will be the things that I think about tonight while I’m pushing through my hill workout. While it might be hard at the time, the benefits seem too good to overlook.