Since I am following the Runner’s World FIRST half marathon training plan and only running 3 days a week, each workout has a definite purpose. Today was supposed to be my speed workout. However, as I was reviewing my workouts from the past 2 weeks, I noticed something. The plan lacked hill repeats.
I don’t want to give up my hill repeat workouts while trail running since trail running is pretty much running in the hills. The more practice in the hills, the better I will race. Not only do I love hill repeats, but I think that the workouts help me so much. Sure, my tempo runs and long runs include hills, but there’s nothing like a hard hill repeat workout.
Today’s workout was:
15 min warm up
5 x 3 min up the hill (recover on the way down)
15 min cool down
In order to measure my progress, I do two things:
- I use the same start and finish point on a hill for all 5 repeats
- I use the same hill for all my hill repeat workouts.
This morning I was able to complete all 5 repeats in just under 3 mins. What does that mean? Well, it means that I have become stronger and it’s time to find a new hill!
This also means that I will be sharing my speed workout day with my hill repeats. I love both workouts and find value in both. Alternating the 2 workouts should do the trick.
Do you enjoy hill repeats? Do you have a favorite hill repeat workout? I’d love to hear about it.
Wanna read more about the benefits of hill running? Here’s an article: