Running Very Steep is Good for You and Your Ultra Running

Eric Orton, Run coach and author of The Cool Impossible, discusses when to run very steep hills in training to help develop better run climbing cadence and e...

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Comment by Eric Armstrong on September 7, 2017 at 12:32pm

Thanks for the note, Eric O.
Actually, I hike the steep uphills. Just about the same workout as trying to run them. Then run the mild uphills, and let it out on the mild downhills.

The problem with walking down a steep hill is that it KILLS my knees. I let doctors remove some of the cartilage. "Cleaning" they called it. Big mistake. As a result, even walking a steep downhill causes painful bone-on-bone contact, after a while.

Hence the need for a mild runout after an uphill -- whether walked or hiked!

Comment by Eric Armstrong on September 7, 2017 at 12:28pm

Comment by Robert Burpee on September 7, 2017 at 4:15am
Hi Eric hope your healing well, just wanted to reach out & let you know I'm still striving to achieve my goals & that your programs & philosophies are at the centre of all that I do.
Thanks for everything.
Comment by Eric Orton on August 30, 2017 at 3:39pm

No harm in down hiking the steep hill - good eccentric work for the glutes and hips.

Comment by Eric Armstrong on August 30, 2017 at 3:25pm

Love steep ups. The problem, with my knees, is finding a hill that has a smooth runout back down to the bottom. (Fortunately, I have just such a hill nearby, at the Rancho San Antonio park in Mountain View, CA.

Comment by Eric Orton on August 30, 2017 at 12:50pm

- Todays Training: 2 X 1,500 feet repeats in 1.4 miles
- Purpose: to improve cadence on "normal" hills and to help make them feel easier with more power.
- Todays mantra: "Quick feet and Be patient. I get there when I get there."
- Training Tip: Be patient and steep long climbs. You probably need to go slower than you think. Focus on short, quick cadence and get into a rhythm with your whole body, arms and legs.

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