Is there a skill to running up and down hills?
I have started doing hill training with my club and I dont think i am running properly! After Tuesdays session my right leg has felt really awkward and almost like a deadleg!
Uphill - shorten your stride and focus on really pumping your arms
Downhill - relax and let the hill take you. Don't resist and let your stride rate get faster and faster.
But wat about reeeeealy steep hills? The kind where your legs just don't move that fast!
I find for the steep off-road hills i have to go sideways to get any amount of grip.
I've just started doing some Fell races this year and there seems to be a state of mind aspect to it, it's called "i'm prepared to break my legs!"
Seriously though I think it's a confidence thing, like Captain Hook says you've got to let your legs go with it, as long as you've got the right shoes on you should be alright. Just keep your weight slightly forward so you don't end up on your arse!
Tom Tom T. Barrow wrote (see)
I wonder if there's a gradient, it might differ for each individual, where walking up becomes more efficient than trying to maintain a running motion. In two races this year I've finished behind runners who've walked for a little way up hills while I've run. We're not talking about the fastest people, naturally, just the average joe.
On really, really steep hills you'll see a lot of fell runners walking up the slope - it can be quicker and less demanding, if you get the technique right.
Or so I'm told.
Captain Hook - that's called crazy acceleration! I've tried that, it gets a bit hairy when coupled with mud or big stones underfoot, but is definitely exhilarating. Lots of folk seem to hold their arms out wide for balance when going crazy-fast downhill.
Going uphill hurts though, unless you can develop a technique whereby as well as breathing in through your mouth, you can also breathe in through your arse. I can breathe OUT through it ok, but...
Sorry Beanie3 can't offer any advice, maybe someone at your club who can watch your style/gait might be able to.
I've just finished reading "Feet in the Clouds" which is full of tales about runners flying down hill.
great advice peeps - thats my problem i try to hold back when i go down hills.....i guess i just need to go for it - whats the worst that can happen - i fall over.......
great advice about going up hills - i was actually lengthening my strides......! no wonder i was aching afterwards!
Interesting thread. For up-hills, I find I'm most efficient if I land on my forefoot much more than I would do on the flat - for anything reasonably steep I'll pretty much run on my toes, with a short stride but often a faster cadence than on the flat.
This is something which I seem to have developped over time, I never used to tackle hills like that, but now just seems to come naturally.
I'm not very good at maintaining speed down hill - In races I can take anyone on the up hills, but everyone overtakes me again on the way down. I can't quite get used to the sensation of 'letting go', especially as I'm generally quite accident prone anyway!
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