Advice for you to tackle even the deepest and darkest hills in hell
Those that have run the Hills of Hell before will know the damning psychological after-effects, for those that haven’t, you’re in for a treat.
So whether you’re tried and tested or completely new to the HellRunner scene, these tips will definitely help.
Starting the climb
Now don’t rush in. You’re eager to go and get them over and done with, that’s fine, but you don’t want to burn all your resources halfway up hill one.
Yes there’s more than one, usually about four, but where we can squeeze more in we will!
Take a couple of deep breaths and start off at a pace you know can maintain for a good 20 minutes.
Just remember, this is tough terrain so tread carefully.
It’s a tough old game this, and preparation always helps. If you’re reading this at time of publishing, you still have time to train. Box jumps, squat jumps and traditional hill sessions will do the trick.
Your quads and calfs will be burning from lactic acid, so don’t forget to breathe. It sounds like relatively simple advice, but under intense exercise we can often forget to use our lungs. Steady and slow breathing, taking as much oxygen as you can.
Another tip for when climbing is to use other peoples help! It’s quite a social run after all, take the help when it’s given to you.
Short and sweet this one.
Once you’re at the top of any hill it’s crucial that you catch your breath. Running downhill is just as hard work as uphill in an event like this. Unless you’re gunning for a podium finish, this becomes more of a challenge then a race. Walk if you have to, conserve that precious energy!
A certain amount of courage is required, because while slowing down may seem like the natural thing to do, the pressure it places on your joints makes injury far more likely.
Another initially unnatural thing to do, but, leaning forward from the hips keeps your body in a position in which all the other technical aspects of downhill running are possible.
Just remember, this is a dangerous route look at each step and watch out for snagging branches!