Will hill runs make me faster in flat races?
Absolutely. They’re a great way of developing leg strength and power in a dynamic way. Stronger legs allow more force to be generated by each stride. Speed requires good running technique and to run uphill effectively you must use your muscles in a very co-ordinated way. Speed also requires a quick cadence, which is encouraged by hill running. Some runners use downhill running to improve their cadence but this can pose a high risk of injury. Increases in your dynamic leg strength will help make your muscles more resistant to fatigue, and improvements in form will enhance your running economy. That said, although hill work will help boost your speed, it is still important to carry out some speed sessions on the flat.