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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Must Love Hills

This morning, I joined Philstar.com's 21k Celebrity Run. The route was very challenging, passing through the Kalayaan Flyover, Bayani Road, and Mc Kinley Hills.

http://www.philstar.com/microsite/celebrityrun2009/images/map/21kHires.jpg

During the run, I was a bit ashamed to admit to Lau who's running with me, that hills are my Waterloo. I hated hills that I normally walked through them during races, just so that my heart rate wouldn't elevate and ruin the rest of my run.

Running books, buddies, and bloggers all agree that hills should be every runner's friend. For Frank Shorter, "hills are speedwork in disguise." And while traversing the route this morning, I can sense the need for me to consider hill training, and reap its benefits.

Source: http://munfitnessblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/running-up-to-a-hill.JPG

For my current marathon training plan, I will incorporate hills workouts at least twice a month, running uphill focusing on my breathing until I get used to it and eventually increase the pace, then walk downhill, with 5 to 10 repeats per session.

9 comments:

Sam TheRunningNinja December 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

Try running uphills 3 times a week instead. It will make your feet stronger, your ankles more flexible, improves your aerobic base, develop your fast twitch muscles and helps you lost more. Good luck!

trumanian December 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

dude, one you run/race in baguio, it might change the way you look at hills. :) hehe it worked for me, at least. good luck on your training.

Gingerbreadman December 21, 2009 at 2:11 PM  

Twice a month lang Jet? You should do more :) HIlls are an integral part of my workout, and they help you so much both physically and mentally. I strive to do at least 5k worth :) Helps out a great deal, specially with all these races going through Mckinley or Kalayaan. :)

Hotlegs Runner December 21, 2009 at 5:18 PM  

Jet, that's my plan too. Gotta get used to the hills!

Merry Christmas =)

runningbeyondair December 21, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

Hi Jet,

You can try the hills of AAV - it's a good 10k loop with generous uphills. Or you can also train at the Filinvest area - one uphill going to The Palms and another one going to RITM.

Jet Paiso December 21, 2009 at 6:34 PM  

thanks sam! hope my work schedules would allow me for that.

brylite, i ran 10k in camp john hay last july, complete with some drizzles and fog. i was huffing and puffing all the way, but i sure enjoyed the ride! thanks bro!

gbm! yep, planning for at least twice a month hills workout (4 times at the most). no hills near my area, i need to work my way through the traffic for some spanking training, and race with you guys in the future hehehe

hey julie, yep, if you can't flatten 'em, must love 'em hehehe merry christmas to you too!

hi eric, yep, i ran those routes already, and will be back this sunday and befriend them hehehe

Gingerbreadman December 24, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

Jet, I love your new layout! :P

kassy December 24, 2009 at 8:13 PM  

Hi Jet!

Merry Christmas! :) easy on the food consumption! ;) one day, someday, I'll reach your marathon mileage and shall be high proud!

I remember running up hill and always up hill since that's the route I had available at Wyoming. Grabe, losing out of breath was an understatement not to forget having to feel your weight fighting together with you. blah! :P

Great going! :) kudos!

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