So, we recently moved and our new house is up on a hill. That means, no matter where I run, I have a HUGE uphill or downhill at the end. It’s great, but some days I miss my semi-flat runs. The major upside is the view. It is amazing right here by the mountains!
All this hill running has me focused on the muscles that need to be strong to run on hills. The #1 muscle is your quadriceps. It plays a huge role in controlling you on the downhill and propelling you on the uphill. Also important are the glutes, hamstrings and calf muscles (fun idea: if you want to really work your calf muscles, try running hill repeats backwards- I learned that the day after a crazy whim in high school!)
Here are 3 great strengthening exercises to include in your training program to get yourself ready for hills: