As I’ve reflected on the past year, I’ve decided that I do not run enough hills. Sure, I got them here and there – it’s not exactly flat around here. However, I did not get enough of them and it was apparent in some of the races I participated in. In fact, I think I was lacking more in the downhill department than the uphill department.
To remedy this, I am implementing a new strategy for 2015. I am going to get in at least 100 feet of vertical for every mile I run. 5 miles = 500 feet, 10 miles = 1000 feet, etc.
I’ve already started so that I can get an idea of what I need to do. The chart above was a 6-mile run that included 800 feet of vertical. Not bad! Unfortunately, it means lots of little loops and/or repeats. That’s okay – I think it will pay off in the long run (LOL, I’m so punny).
I should be able to cover approximately 3,000 miles next year – that would be 300,000 feet of vertical. That is way higher than this guy:
Do you seek out hills? Do hill-specific workouts? Avoid hills? Get high in other ways?