Early Season Strength-Building Hill Workouts

The best way to improve running uphill ... is to train on hills. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

Hilly Base Run

Perform this session once per week. Start with 10-15 minutes of easy running on level ground to warm up. The middle 75 percent of the run should be over hilly terrain. Your heart rate can climb to 15-25 beats below AT. Choose a route with hills of varying length and grade. Trails are a great choice if they are available. Overall, keep the effort aerobic and in control. This should be your weekly long run. Gradually increase it from 45-60 minutes up to 90 minutes to two hours.

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This article first appeared on Triathlete.com. 

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About The Author:

LifeSport head coach Lance Watson has been coaching triathletes and distance runners since 1987. He’s coached a number of Ironman, Olympic and age-group Champions over the past 25 years. 

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