Crest those hills!
Hill training is an excellent way to enhance running form, build strength and power, and test yourself both mentally and physically. One of my favorite workouts is "cresting," where we gradually increase our speed as we approach the top of the hill, and then push ourselves for an extra 30 seconds after we reach the crest.
Hill training develops leg muscles and overall running efficiency. By resisting the temptation to slow down at the top of the hill and instead increasing speed, we challenge our muscles to work harder for that little longer, getting more out of the same workout.
Cresting workouts also offer significant mental benefits. They enhance confidence in our abilities, help us practice pushing through fatigue, and train us for the mental attitudes and behaviors necessary for race day. How often have I seen runners push themselves hard to reach the top of a long steep hill only to stop and lose momentum after the climb!
As a coach, I enjoy including cresting workouts in my programs because they can be tailored to runners of all levels. As a runner, I look forward to the feeling of increased speed as I crest the hill, as it gives me a great sense of victory.
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