So you'd like to take up running, but you live on a mountain. Or maybe you already jog in a nice flat place, but want to tackle some trails or a hilly race. Here's how to train your mind and your legs to power up even the steepest slopes.
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Why run on a boring old road when you could run in the bush? There's beautiful scenery, birds, and that triumphant post-run feeling of knowing you survived more challenging conditions. Trail running is a little different than running on roads, but with a bit of preparation, it can be a great change-up.
Do you want to run faster? Great! Let's run faster today. Then we'll take a little break. Then we'll run faster again a bunch more times. There's a whole family of these interval workouts that runners call "speedwork", and including them once a week or so can help you achieve faster race times later on.
Runners like to focus on getting faster, but especially if you're new to running, you might be missing a key part of your training: learning to run slower, too. You need several "gears" in slow, medium, and fast speeds to get the most out of different types of workouts (and perform better in races).