January 15, 2013 by Danielle
If there’s anything that San Francisco has an abundance of, it’s hills.
Rosie and I took advantage of the hills over the weekend by doing a quick hill-based workout. We chose a hill in my hood that has a 14.1 grade. That’s right 14.1 percent grade change over one block. Trust me, I calculated it just to make sure-
We sprinted this hill 10 times; it took us about 30 seconds to sprint up and a minute or so to leisurely jog down. Even though it was a short workout, we went all out the entire time and I, at least, felt the burn. Rosie, on the other hand, was just contemplating her association with me by the end.
Why did we did this, you might ask. Well here are a few of the benefits of adding hills to your running repertoire-
- It’s HIIT training, and you know how much I love HIIT.
- Hill training is a great form of aerobic and strength training-it strengthens your lungs, as well as your glutes, hamstrings and calves.
- Since your body’s working harder, running uphill burns mega calories. Never hurts!
- Running uphill is a form of resistance training (in addition to the aforementioned strength and aerobic training), so hitting the hills will help build speed.
If you’re ready to run for the hills, check out these five workouts from Running Times.
See you at the top!