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i would definately say i running the hills is best.. However i have done hill repeats on stadiums stairs.. and yeah... it's pretty tough... So i'd say.. if you can.. plan at leaSt one hill run every other week.. and so a stadium stair run opposite week... It might fit into your schedule easier if you have 14 days in which to choose an actual hill run as opposed to only 7.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
I can definitely relate to having to squeeze workouts into a busy schedule!!
If the treadmill works best for you timewise, you're probably fine to just go with that most of the time. But if you can make it to the hilly area at least a couple of times before your race, it would probably be very helpful to experience the "real deal" since it will feel very different from the treadmill.
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I just completed a 1/2 that had some good hills in it and I don't know that a treadmill can really prepare you for the real deal. I think it might help but I couldn't be certain - at any rate it would be better than not training with any incline. All I know is the hills killed my achilles and drained my muscles fast! Best wishes!
Rhonda, Simpsonville, SC
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I personally think one or two hill repeat workouts on a treadmill per week would be excellent preparation. I totally understand your time constraints, I'm a mom of four and I work. I know to many 'treadmill' is a dirty word, but honestly I have gotten some great training in on mine!
"I just felt like running." Forrest Gump
I would recommend getting out a couple of times to the hilly areas. Then use the treadmill for some interval training. I'm going backpacking in August and doing incremental training on the treadmill...warm up and then 3 minutes at 3...3minutes at 5...3 minutes at 7...then 3 minutes at 9 and then back down. I do it twice and it simulates what I'll be doing on my trip. Good luck with your run.....
I don't know about running up stairs or steps, but for me, training on a treadclimber wasn't anywhere near the experience of running hills. I would think that running up stairs would help. I'm interested in what others have to say about this.
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First of all, I'm glad I found this group.
I have been running seriously for a couple of years. I have done two 5ks (one of which I finished first place in my age group whohoo!) and one 4 mile trail run. I am considering training for a 1/2 in October. My longest run lately has been 6 1/2 miles.
The race I am considering is about 45 minute from my house, which is why I want to do it. However, it is VERY hilly. The area around my house where I normally run is very very flat. I don't have time to run up to that area every weekend for my long run. It is hard enough to get the running in with two little kids under the age of 5. I could probably get there a handful of times between now and October.
I am worried about doing the hills and not being prepared. Would it help to do some treadmill workout on inclines? Run up stadium steps? Advice appreciated! Thanks! :)