How hilly is your run??

Hills, the subject we all love to hate!!

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05/12/2012 at 12:55

I ran up a hill yesterday that I used to think of as quite tough. I realised it's quite flat.

I need to do some more hill work, get those fast hill reps in.

Catalin - I have an altimeter. It helps that I know several points along my runs to check calibration. It usually comes in a little shy of Garmin though. A good altimeter costs about the same as a Garmin. They work on barometric pressure. I think more acurate than Garmin.

05/12/2012 at 13:16

My group actively seek out the hills, hence our main training run is at the aptly names hills and dales.  We've even named a few: rockstar hill (steep andirocky,with 10 'rockstar' exercises required at the top, whilst waiting for the slower ones); 'mud hill' (requires all fours at the worst of times and some have been known to slide back to the bottom - several times); 'Phil's hill' (particularly steep and a real thigh burner, with plenty of gorse bushes to keep you motivated not to fall); 'log hill' (where we pick up a log each at the bottom,carry it to the top and do 10 squats before 'caber-tossing' it back to the bottom).

Hills? I guess we love them!

05/12/2012 at 15:38
Neon Cockroach wrote (see)

My group actively seek out the hills, hence our main training run is at the aptly names hills and dales.  We've even named a few: rockstar hill (steep andirocky,with 10 'rockstar' exercises required at the top, whilst waiting for the slower ones); 'mud hill' (requires all fours at the worst of times and some have been known to slide back to the bottom - several times); 'Phil's hill' (particularly steep and a real thigh burner, with plenty of gorse bushes to keep you motivated not to fall); 'log hill' (where we pick up a log each at the bottom,carry it to the top and do 10 squats before 'caber-tossing' it back to the bottom).

Hills? I guess we love them!

Are they STINkers though???
Definition of "Hilly" using the "STeepness INdex"

Edited: 05/12/2012 at 15:40
06/12/2012 at 09:39
T.mouse wrote (see)

I ran up a hill yesterday that I used to think of as quite tough. I realised it's quite flat.

I need to do some more hill work, get those fast hill reps in.

Catalin - I have an altimeter. It helps that I know several points along my runs to check calibration. It usually comes in a little shy of Garmin though. A good altimeter costs about the same as a Garmin. They work on barometric pressure. I think more acurate than Garmin.

Does an altimeter log every bit of uphill eg in undulations? Garmin (I have a 110) logs every last foot of uphill even if you're going down and up/down and up...?

06/12/2012 at 10:48
It may disappoint you slightly to learn that Garmin elevation is hugely innaccurate. Spot elevation is fairly good (ie. when you're stood still), but I've found it to be as much as 100% out on runs before. For example, a hill reps session off road last year I worked out from a map at around 2000ft total (250ft/rep x 8) and yet the Garmin read around 4200ft!
06/12/2012 at 11:31
Yorkshire Rob wrote (see)
It may disappoint you slightly to learn that Garmin elevation is hugely innaccurate. Spot elevation is fairly good (ie. when you're stood still), but I've found it to be as much as 100% out on runs before. For example, a hill reps session off road last year I worked out from a map at around 2000ft total (250ft/rep x 8) and yet the Garmin read around 4200ft!

Disappointing, I agree

Can't wait for fully accurate technology (being a bit of a statto!!)
Further up the thread I added that if you do a run/session, say, five times over a few weeks, I've found the Garmin tends to sort itself (in other words, your reading was hopefully the blip and the other four sessions would read right!! (here's hoping anyway))

06/12/2012 at 12:09
Ivor Reveley wrote (see)

Like most runners, I love a hill (!!) But how hilly is "hilly"?

To help with this mindless wondering when out on a long run, I devised the Steepness Index or STINker!! Is your run an easy stinker, hilly stinker, strenuous stinker or a severe stinker?? Let me know your thoughts.

CLICK FOR THE HILLY INDEX

 

 

 

The original link for those joining on page 3!!


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