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Running a hilly race (Read 259 times)

    For the Danbury Half, I actually found the longest hill I could I find in my area that was similar in grade compared to the worst climb in Danbury (2.3% grade between miles 8 and 10).  Then I incorporated that hill into my last long run before the half...3 times.  I ran loops, making sure I did the hill once in the beginning, once in the middle, and once at the end.  All three times, I tried to push the pace just a little harder than the rest of my run.  The third time was definitely the hardest, but I think it definitely prepared me both physically and mentally for Danbury.

     

    I can vouch for that being a nasty and cruelly placed hill. Well done.

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    daisymae25


    Squidward Bike Rider

      Thanks!  Smile

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        That was a hard race for me....but at least every uphill had a downhill that followed. 3 miles uphill in the Baltimore half....yeeeesh!

        Something I was thinking about on my run today was if you're only used to short rolling hills, see if you can find a long hill - maybe a mile or so. Something that can happen on short hills is that you run them at an effort that's not sustainable for a few miles. If you don't have a long hill near you, but do use a tm occasionally, this might be the time to use it. Either go for 3 mi at the average grade or a bit more or see if you can program some variation in there - like 1 mi (or x min) of 8% followed by 0.2 mi of 4% or whatever. (I just picked those numbers out of the air since I don't remember what your hill was like, but I did about 3.7mi @ 8% on Monday.) IIRC, the hill in your race did have some variation to it. You can pick up the pace at the same effort on the gentler areas - IF you're paying attention to what's going on.

         

        Learn to be friends with the hills. Respect them but don't fear them.  Pick ones with great views on top - but keep running over the top. Wink

        "So many people get stuck in the routine of life that their dreams waste away. This is about living the dream." - Cave Dog
        Saint Olethros


          You people are really over thinking this whole thing, if you know a race is going to be hilly and where the hills are at, train on something similiar.

          zonykel


            You people are really over thinking this whole thing, if you know a race is going to be hilly and where the hills are at, train on something similiar.

             

            The problem is that some of us live in flat areas.

            kristin10185


            I race in SparkleSkirts

              I think the ones with questions, such as OP and myself,  were looking for advice on strategies for managing the hills. Yes, obviously it would help to train on a hill, but if you're not managing them with the right strategy one could get injured, or lose a lot of time during the race on the hills even if they've trained on hills.

               

              You people are really over thinking this whole thing, if you know a race is going to be hilly and where the hills are at, train on something similiar.

              PRs:   5K- 28:16 (5/5/13)      10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13)    4M- 41:43 (9/7/13)   15K- 1:34:25  (8/17/13)    10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14)     HM- 2:20:16 (4/13/14)

               

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              kristin10185


              I race in SparkleSkirts

                I know just the hill.... I just looked it up it is .9 miles long and is a few miles from my apartment.

                Something I was thinking about on my run today was if you're only used to short rolling hills, see if you can find a long hill - maybe a mile or so. Something that can happen on short hills is that you run them at an effort that's not sustainable for a few miles. If you don't have a long hill near you, but do use a tm occasionally, this might be the time to use it. Either go for 3 mi at the average grade or a bit more or see if you can program some variation in there - like 1 mi (or x min) of 8% followed by 0.2 mi of 4% or whatever. (I just picked those numbers out of the air since I don't remember what your hill was like, but I did about 3.7mi @ 8% on Monday.) IIRC, the hill in your race did have some variation to it. You can pick up the pace at the same effort on the gentler areas - IF you're paying attention to what's going on.

                 

                Learn to be friends with the hills. Respect them but don't fear them.  Pick ones with great views on top - but keep running over the top. Wink

                PRs:   5K- 28:16 (5/5/13)      10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13)    4M- 41:43 (9/7/13)   15K- 1:34:25  (8/17/13)    10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14)     HM- 2:20:16 (4/13/14)

                 

                I started a blog about running :) Check it out if you care to

                jamezilla


                Follower of Forrest

                  Things I do to mitigate hills:

                  1.  I'm a good hill runner - tell yourself this...it will be a self fulfilling prophecy

                  2.  Smile on this hills (especially up) - my hill mantra is..."it's all downhill"

                  3.  Relax on the downhill - the more you relax, the faster you go, quick feet, not a lot of time on the ground.  I also change my breathing to deeper breaths...remember you are coasting and resting on the downhills.

                  4.  Keep your momentum up at the bottom of the hill - if you feel that braking sensation, relax and let your legs carry you until you settle back to your pace

                   

                  Works for me

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                  A man may never run the same trail twice for it is not the same trail and he is not the same man


                   

                  hectortrojan


                    I ran my first HM last month and the course it as below. This is what I did. I tried mentioning even pace of 8:30 for the first 3 miles. By the time I hit first hill on mile 4, I knew what effort I was maintaining to keep 8:30 pace so I tackled the first hill at that effort. I ran little faster on downhill and pushed a bit later on to have an average pace around 8:30. So I ran first 7 miles around 8:30 pace and by this time I was aware about the effort that I was putting in. From this point onward, I didnt care about the pace and tried maintain the same effort. I studied the course before and knew that mile 12 would be my slowest one and I ran it at 9:36. At the end of the race my average pace was 8:32. Ofcourse I had positive slpit as my first 7 miles were littler under 8:30, but I knew this going into the race due to elevation in the later part of the race and the fact that last 7 miles were on the trail as opposed to the first 6 on the road and I felt I did good job in the pacing in my first HM.

                    GinnyinPA


                      Hectortrojan - where was that race?  It's got some good/bad climbs, especially in the last half.

                      ilanarama


                      DREAMCRUSHER

                        Kristin - I've run Baltimore (the full, but the half mostly shares the course) and the hills really aren't bad.  The worst for me was the tiny bump on the highway bridge near the end, just because of where it comes in the course!  With the half, the long uphill is early in your race so you will hardly notice.

                         

                        I'm running a trail 10K two weeks from this Sunday which climbs 630 feet in 2 miles.  Now that's a hill!

                        PRs: 10 1:12:59 (4/2014) 13.1 1:35:55 (10/2013) 26.2 3:23:31 (12/2013)

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                        hectortrojan


                          Hectortrojan - where was that race?  It's got some good/bad climbs, especially in the last half.

                           

                          The race was in Marin, CA. It was Marin County Half Marathon.

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