While this hill session won’t be the most strenuous you’ll do this year, you’ll be working on your strength, speed and form simultaneously.
You can do this session on tarmac, trail or grass, however heading off-road may be more forgiving on your joints…
15mins easy, including mobility work and strides to finish
2 x [6 x 30sec hill reps. Work on run form up the hill, drive the knees, activate the glutes, head up. Jog easy back down to the bottom; 6 x 30sec fast running on flat, either grass/track/tarmac. You should feel really good after the hill reps. 1min easy running after each rep; 5min easy jog]
10mins easy jog
This may not look like a hard session, but it’s certainly useful. You’re able to work on strength on the hill rep, speed on the flat and run form on both. You should feel really good coming off the hill rep and onto the flat.
The reps help to condition both body and mind, which will mean the terrain holds fewer fears come race day.
This session will make you a better conditioned athlete and really help you in the final stages of a race. Can be repeated regularly because although the effort climbing the hill is high, it’s low on impact for the muscles and recovery is relatively fast.
How to fit it in
Best done when you’re relatively fresh in order to get the most out of it. Otherwise evening or morning is suitable depending on your own body clock’s preference
Adapt for long distance
This session is already very helpful for long-distance triathletes as it helps build a strong run to help retain form in the latter stages of the marathon.
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