Hills. Grrr. Before I moved, I had to face one hill on my favorite outdoor run. I ran from my house down it to start and up it to finish. The rest of my run? Pure, flat trail. Now? Hill after hill after hill.
According to Shape magazine (http://www.shape.com/fitness/cardio/hill-running-5-reasons-love-incline), there are at least five benefits to hill running:
- You’ll burn more calories.
- They help prevent shin splints.
- You’ll increase your endurance.
- You’ll increase your speed.
- Downhill does it, too. Downhill running engages your lower abs and works your quads.
Yet, despite these benefits, I never want to throw in the towel more when running uphill. Ironically, during the toughest of hills, the song “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons often begins playing on my play list. It’s my hill jam. Give it a listen. You’ll know what I mean.