Hill Repeats Question


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    Hey, I had a question about the hill repeats workouts. It’s pretty flat where I live and typically run. There are some hills with the recommended 4-10% grade that have a decent path to run along, but I have to drive quite a bit to get there, and it’s not always convenient to go. Closer to where I live, there is a less steep hill (2-3% or so).

    Assuming it’s a day where I can’t make it to the more preferable hill, would it be best to:
    -Run outside on the less steep hill
    -Do the workout on a treadmill at the recommended grade
    -Sub in some other interval session (a recommendation would be needed here)

    I should also add that the races I’m planning on are also flat courses, so I don’t need it for specificity purposes.

    Thanks for any advice!


    I’m in a similar situation where everything around me is mostly flat, so I usually go the less-steep-hill route. Still get the Zone 5 workout and maybe some benefit of the mild hill even if not the full benefit of a real hill repeat workout. I also loathe the treadmill.
    I’ve heard of people doing hill repeats in parking decks too, if that’s an option for you.

    Leyla Porteous

    Treadmills can be a great way to do precise and convenient hill repeats to build leg strength . So I would pick treadmill, then the less steep hill. Lastly a similar interval sessions on the flat can be a good replacement – particularly as your races are flat (but hill repeats are good for building leg strength is needed on the back of a long run even on a flat course).


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