Uphill challenge? fail.
October 21, 2013 9:28 AM Subscribe
How can I learn to run uphill? I'm a new runner. I have a 5k in about a month, that goes over an overpass (twice). I cannot run up the overpass without stopping 10 steps in. How can I get better at running uphill in 4-5 weeks?
posted by raztaj to sports, hobbies, & recreation (24 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Running 5k continuously without stopping is still a challenge for me, though I can usually do it. Next month, I have a 5k that begins before shortly before going over an overpass. Then it's flat. then you turn around halfway, and run back again hitting the same overpass, just before the finish.
My regular flat runs (every other day) are going ok, but I hit the incline and it just feels so exhausting! It feels like it takes 1000 times the energy. What the hell is wrong with me?!
I try and do some cross training - stair climbing the stairs in my high-rise. Using the elliptical 1-2x a week, doing some interval resistance. I can walk uphill no problem. But running up KILLS me!
How can I strengthen myself to run the entire way? I'm less concerned about the last hill/overpass, as I can probably push myself to do it at the end and finish soon after. But I'm worried I'll get burned out and tired from the overpass at the beginning. What can I do to better condition myself in the mean time? How can I train myself to get up those hills, and not effing stop?