Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thinking about Hills

I am lucky to live and run, most of the year, at sea level.  The roads and trails around here are pretty level and easy.

Next week we are going back to the City for a month-long house-sit and I am already mapping out the flattest runs I can find in the very hilly neighborhood we are staying in. 

I found this in a local newspaper article....

Eight quotes to get you up the hill:

1. "If the hill has its own name, then it's probably a pretty tough hill."
     - Marty Stern

2. "Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to different stresses. The result? You become a stronger runner."

     - Eamonn Coughlin

3. "Hills are speedwork in disguise."

     - Frank Shorter

4. "Love hills and they will love you back."

     - Author unknown

5. "You can never run a hill too hard; you will collapse before hurting it."

     - Adam Born

6. "It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top."
     - Henry Ward Beecher

7. "I've always found it effective to make a move just before the crest of a hill. You get away just a little and you're gone before your opponent gets over the top."

     - John Treacy

8. "It's a hill. Get over it."

Do you hate hills or do you just take them in stride?


  1. I strongly dislike hills but I try to embrace them when i have a hilly race coming up. It's so flat around here it tough to find good ones. Hills are definitely a big challenge for me.

  2. Unfortuneatley I live in a very hilly area. I can not go for run without encountering them. I do map out my runs to include the smaller ones (steep and short) and a few long slow grades.

    They are a really good workout, cardio and leg wise, but I just don't like them....might be my inherent lazyness!

    Have fun on your hills, your comments will challenge me to try some more on my route.

  3. I'll be honest--if I could avoid hills in my normal runs, I probably would! I know they'll make me stronger though. Great quotes!

  4. I really dislike hills, but great little sayings to keep motivated on them - I will have to remember a few :)

  5. Hi Elle. Thanks for visiting, commenting and following my blog! I'm following back.

    My opinion of hills is that they're a necessary evil. I live in a very hilly area and they're pretty much impossible to avoid. Believe me...I've tried!

    Stop by tomorrow and check out Fitness Friday Blog Hop

  6. I LOVE THIS POST - thanks for sharing!

    I actually really enjoy hills. They make me feel strong, like I accomplished something. Sometimes it feels really good to move my legs differently than just flat running - if you know what I mean. Only problem is, currently, my knees DO NOT like hills one bit. That part is frustrating!

  7. I love hills. Not during the work out though. I love how I feel afterwards :)


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