Although I’m more of a proponent of downhill running at or slightly faster than race pace to improve muscle memory, here’s an example of how uphill repeats can improve your running.
When Allie Ostrander reached the final leg of the 2014 Nike Cross Nationals last December, she blazed over a series of hills and crossed the finish line of the 5K course in 17:19 to earn the individual title. The Alaskan native had her hometown hills–part of her strategic summer training regimen–to thank. They conditioned her to power through the short, steep inclines in the race’s final 1K.
Source: Peak Training: Summer Hills | Runner’s World
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Dr. Nick Campitelli
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.
running hills …. One of the best training weapons for all sports!!!