To be a runner all you really need to do is get out there and run.
But to be a better runner, you should include various types of other workouts in your training to assist in speed, endurance, strength and all over body fitness… some of these workouts being HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), hills, cross training (swimming / cycling) etc.
In the last few months I’ve tried to include these other types of training into my workout schedule – I already do lots of strength training with my kickboxing and gym, so I’ve now tried to focus on more of the alternate ‘running’ workouts – intervals and hills.
I did hill training for the first time this past week and boy did I love it!
I went to the Dubai autodrome for my usual run there. I did one full lap and then doubled back on myself to get to the hill bit. I jogged down the hill, put my water bottle down and caught my breath a bit.
And then I gunned it up the hill!
And jogged back down.
I did this a bunch of times – maybe 8? I lost count. But all in all I did a little over 3km’s of running up and down the hill. I pretty much went until I was exhausted and then headed back to the pits at a very easy jog pace.
I will most definitely be including those more often in my training – maybe they should be my weekly Wednesday autodrome run?! Or at least every second week…
Unfortunately I forgot to take photos during my run to give you an idea of what the hill actually looks like so I outsourced some photos from a friend…. it’s quite difficult to show the elevation changes around a track like this, but trust me – it’s steep!
And now I leave you with this: