Regardless of what you’re training for, there’s a hill workout out there for you.
One of the hardest parts about constructing a great training plan is trying to figure out how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. For each week or training cycle, you have a myriad of possible workouts to choose from — threshold runs, VO2 max, speed work, hill repeats and slight variations of all of these training elements. It can seem daunting to understand how each type of workout fits into a plan and how it helps you take a step toward your goal of running faster on race day.
In particular, many runners struggle with how to incorporate hill work into their training if their goal race is on a hilly course. It stands to reason that if you’re racing on a hilly course you need to work hill repeats into your training, right? Not as much as you may think. While hill repeats aren’t exactly race specific workouts, I do believe there is a beneficial way to incorporate hill sessions into your training.
In this article, we’ll outline the different types of hill workouts and highlight the benefits of each so you can better understand the physiological components and better incorporate the right type of hill workouts into your training.