7 Hill Running Workouts That Increase Power
Hill Run1 of 8
A basic run of 4 to 8 miles that includes hills of varying lengths and grades.?
Long Hill Repeats2 of 8
Run 5 to 6 x half-mile uphill (5- to 8-percent grade) at 5K race-pace effort with jog back down as recovery.?
Short Hill Repeats3 of 8
Sprint 8 to 10 x 100 meters uphill (15- to 20-percent grade) with jog back down as recovery.? Exaggerate your arm swing, lean into the hill, and focus on pushing off with the balls of your feet.?
Uphill/Downhill Repeats4 of 8
Run 4 x half-mile uphill + quarter-mile downhill (2- to 3-percent grade) at 5K race-pace effort with 3 minutes jogging for recovery.
Short Downhill Repeats5 of 8
Run 8 to 10 x 100 meters nearly all-out downhill (2- to 3-percent grade) with jog back uphill as recovery.
Hill Accelerators6 of 8
Run 4 to 8 x 200- to 400-meter hill, running the bottom at race-pace effort. Accelerate the last 50 meters of the hill and 100 meters from the top, with jog back down as recovery. Focus on the acceleration at the top. Pump your arms and lengthen your stride.
Hill Bounding7 of 8
Use an exaggerated running motion to bound 6 to 8 times up a steep hill (15- to 20-percent grade) for 40 to 50 meters; jog down. Strive for as much horizontal distance as possible. Extend your push-off leg fully and drive your knee of the forward leg up.