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Upcoming HM hill question

549 Views 9 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  donskiman
<p>My next HM is coming up on June 5th! </p>
<p>This is a course that I ran a few years ago and although the course is generally flat (as they get around here), there are 3 creek beds that are quad busters and I'd like to go into this race more prepared than I was the first time.  </p>
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<p>For the HM the hills come at mile 3, mile 7 and 7.5 miles. </p>
<p>The first is hill loses about 100 feet in approx. .10 of a mile.  My first time running this I thought, oh, this isn't so bad.</p>
<p>The second hill loses about 125 feet in less than .10 of a mile.  My first time, I didn't run this... it's just plain steep.</p>
<p>The third hill loses 200 feet in approx. in .50 of a mile.  By the time I got here my quads and knees were not feeling so good.</p>
<p>Obviously there is some up to, but it's the down that just seems to kill me. </p>
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<p>I've been mixing up my long runs- one week hilly, the next week flatter, etc.</p>
<p>I'm doing one run per week that are just hills.</p>
<p>Then one tempo that is generally flatter.</p>
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<p>Since I have 4 more weeks of training, what do you hill runners say I should focus on more at this point?  Long downhills? Short downhills?  Doesn't matter... just do more hills?  You probably need to know that I'm not going into this to race it.  I am in full tri-training and am using this as a means to help me get stronger for my Oly's this summer.</p>
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<p>Any thoughts?</p>
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<p>I did want to chime in on what 4BM said.  A few years ago I started power walking all steep hills instead of "running" them.  Found that I could basically walk at the same speed I could run but I exerted much less energy and the break gave me a great umph in my legs as soon as the hill was done..............</p>
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