Monthly Workout Round Up – Hill Running Workouts

6 Hill Running Workouts. Part of a monthyl workouts for runners round up from running coaches, trainers and bloggers.

I have a complicated relationship with hills. My training for the Vermont City Marathon this year involved plenty of hills. I was determined to attack the long climb at mile 15 as prepared as I could be. And sometimes my mental state made them harder than they should have been. We all know how the hill in VCM worked out for me, after all that preparation, but regardless of the outcome, I never regret a hill workout. The harder a run, the stronger you are at the end of it, both physically and mentally.

If you’re looking to add speed, endurance and some mental grit to your running game, we have you covered in this month’s workout round up. Laura, Angela, Allie, Nellie, Sarah and I have come up with 6 hill running workouts to challenge you and prepare you for any hills a race will have to offer.

Want to catch up on some of the previous month’s workouts for runners?

Here are our past workout round ups:

Injury Prevention for Runners

Upper Body Workouts for Runners

Two a Day Workouts for Runners

At Home Workouts for Runners

For this workout, you’ll need to find a hill that will take at least 60 seconds of hard effort to climb. Begin by warming up, running at an easy pace, for 15 minutes, ending your warm up at the base of the hill. Run at a hard pace for 30 seconds uphill, then recover by walking or slowly jogging back downhill for 30 seconds. Immediately return to your hard uphill pace for another 30 seconds, then the same recovery. Then do the same two repeats at 45 second intervals, and then at 60 second intervals, for a total of 6 hill repeats. Finish off with 15 minutes of easy running as your cooldown.

6 Hill Running Workouts. Part of a monthyl workouts for runners round up from running coaches, trainers and bloggers.

There is a definite mental element to this workout – when 30 and 45 second repeats feel tough, but you know the last two are going to be even harder, it will take a little extra determination to grit it out to the end.

Now let’s check out what the other ladies in our round up have in store for you!

Laura from This Runner’s Recipes combines tempo and hills into a rolling hills course.

6 Hill Running Workouts. Part of a monthly workouts for runners round up from running coaches, trainers and bloggers.

Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama combines a quick workout break at the top and bottom of the hill (um, I kind of love this idea!).

6 Hill Running Workouts. Part of a monthly workouts for runners round up from running coaches, trainers and bloggers.

Allie from Vita Train for Life takes you to a hilly loop and has you focus on form while you attack the hills.

6 Hill Running Workouts. Part of a monthly workouts for runners round up from running coaches, trainers and bloggers.

Angela from Happy Fit Mama has you running a pyramid workout, in which you knock out the hardest repeats first.

6 Hill Running Workouts. Part of a monthly workouts for runners round up from running coaches, trainers and bloggers.

Finally, Sarah from Run Far Girl has also embraced lunging and squatting in the middle of a hills workout. šŸ˜‰

6 Hill Running Workouts. Part of a monthly workouts for runners round up from running coaches, trainers and bloggers.

Tell me I’m not the only one who wants to run hills tomorrow!! I’d take a hill workout over a tempo run any day!

How do you feel about hills?

What’s your least liked workout?

Comments

  1. I almost skipped over the posts thinking it wasn’t for me. But then you added these two words: mental grit.
    That’s exactly why I’ve always thought I will never run a full marathon and decided to walk. I need to exercise my mental tenacity.
    Carla recently posted…Blessings of a shattered phone.My Profile

  2. Hills definitely give you a mental grit and determination! I love your workout and can’t wait to give it a try.
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted…6 Hill Workouts for RunnersMy Profile

  3. L-O-V-E! Thanks, girl!
    Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete recently posted…A place in this World.My Profile

  4. I love how you start this! Hills and runners often do have very complicated relationships šŸ™‚ I definitely want to tackle some of these workouts now!!
    Allie recently posted…Hill Workouts for Runners! #WednesdayRoundupMy Profile

  5. I love your workout! It’s a good way to ease into hills and start with the shorter repeats before things get really hard. That grit and determination are probably the best benefit of hills – beyond any physical benefit, even though there are many!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…6 Hill Running Workouts for RunnersMy Profile

  6. I like your sharing, especially, runs the hills because I am a runner like running hills. Glad to read this article! I hope that can read many posts related to running hills. Thanks!
    Vicky recently posted…By: AnonymousMy Profile

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