4 Tips for Running Hills on Course

Running a hilly course is no joke. Be prepared on race day with these helpful tips from Jessie Sebor, Editor in Chief of Women’s Running. These 4 tips will help you get up and over those inclines for running hills and completing an amazing race.

  1. Keep your torso tall. Your technique is as important as your strategy.
  2. Shorten your stride. Drive your elbows back and focus on pushing off from your toes.
  3. Focus your gaze on the summit. The end is near!
  4. Forget pace. Always run hills by effort, not speed.

Ready to put these tips to the test? The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series features several destination running courses that provide an elevation challenge:

  • San Francisco – Home to The Golden Gate Bridge and the city of hills. San Francisco is one of the more challenging courses for running hills, but it’s totally worth the climb for runners to see breathtaking views of the city.
  • Nashville – The hills are alive with the sound of music in Nashville! With gentle hills and a new course that reduces overall elevation, the crowd support and live music will spur you on to that finish line, no sweat.
  • Raleigh – If rolling hills are your jam, then make Raleigh your next running destination. Tour the City of Oaks and enjoy the beautiful neighborhoods, parklands and greenways. You’ll be eating hills for breakfast and done in plenty of time for brunch!
  • Washington, DC – In the capital city, there’s nothing like a rise to the top! The flat courses are punctuated by a climb or two that mix up your pace and encourage you to grind until you shine.

Don’t be afraid of a few bumps in the road. Use these tips and you’ll own any hill you face. Remember, running hills is worth the climb!