Tag: Hills

Hill Training for Flatlanders

Some topics are covered often in ultra literature because they’re particularly relevant, and this is one of them: “How do I prepare for a mountainous ultra if I don’t live in the mountains? Is that even possible?” It’s o...

Training to Tame Big Climbs

For your average ultrarunner, the bedrock training technique is the familiar LSD, or Long Slow Distance, workout. You give up one of your precious weekend days to go really long, stay on your feet for hours, dial in the...

Maximizing Vert

Summertime means the mountains are open for runners and hikers, and the majority of the high alpine races are during this time of year. However, many runners, especially city slickers, don’t have equivalent climbs where...

Hill Training in the Midwest

Dear Ann, I live in the Midwest. I recently signed up for a hilly ultra. How do I train for hills when I live where it’s flat?   —Carter Dear Carter, Don’t lose heart. There are always ways to prepare for the ups an...

Hill Train to Make It Rain

When you take up ultrarunning, there are three things you must do to prepare yourself for the sheer physical demands of the sport.  First, you need to run trails. The uneven surfaces, ups and downs, obstacles, rocks a...