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4/9/08 10:18 P

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Thanks, 5KMOM! I will definitely check out that site.

You also make a good point regarding balancing out your quads. I hadn't thought of that. I currently do strength training, so I can easily add in a few more quad sets every few days.

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4/9/08 10:05 P

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Rebecca, Hills are actually, like Jenn mentioned, what will allow you to pick up some speed on the flat portion of the course. Just be extra careful when you descend a hill as there is a tendency to to have gravity pull you along therefore causing you to pick up speed too quickly leading to major knee/lower leg/back/hip issues. I would highly recommend going to Runnersworld.com and doing a search for hills (you should get a video and some really sound articles on how to run them).

Hills are great for strengthening the glutes and hamstrings, so make sure you get in some good quad strength training, too as your body will need muscle balance in order to prevent injury.

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4/9/08 3:20 P

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When I use my treadmill I ONLY use it on the highest incline for the first 30 minutes. I cannot go as fast, but I like that it works my muscles a little more- Then when I lower it to half incline I speed up and the rest of my workout feels like a breeze. Hills SUCK, but have there place.

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4/9/08 3:15 P

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The great thing is -- if you do a lot of your running on the hills, whenever you do a race on flat ground, you'll end up flying =0)

Make sure you do find some flatter routes, too. You don't want to do ALL your running on killer hills!

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4/9/08 2:29 P

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Tracks and treadmills tend to emulate perfect conditions. Real roads are where the races are, so practicing on real roads makes sense. Your time may drop for a while, but I have no doubt you'll be up to speed in no time.

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4/9/08 2:28 P

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I have a lot of hills too...and they do kill! I found adding a few walking breaks (or just walking the hills) helps. It might not do a LOT for you time, but it will help keep you from feeling overly fatigued at the end. In the end, we both will get faster!

And some days are just better than others!

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4/9/08 2:23 P

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I consistently run 4 miles in 40 minutes on the 1/2-mile gravel track at my gym. Based on some good advice from this team, I decided to try 4 miles on paved road, so I mapped out 4 miles in my own neighborhood.

Birmingham is quite a hilly place; we have some San-Francisco-esque transmission problems here. And my neighborhood is basically nothing but hills. Maybe I should have thought about not having straight road to recover every once in a while.

Long story short, it nearly killed me! My 10-minute mile went up to 11.5 (4 miles in 46 minutes). The hills *really* matter. But it was still a good suggestion! When I do eventually run a 5K, it will most likely be here in Birmingham, so I'd better get used to running on murderous hills!

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