In brief was wondering what folks here thought about the merits of running down hill as apposed to running on reasonably flat ground.
The reason being i live in the south wales valleys and there are no shortage of hills and of recent years i have started walking up and down them as a prelude to running .
I have now completed c25k during which time have missed my up hill walks as walks on then flat just are not the same.
I have avoided my walks while training for c25k as i know a walk on rest days is ok but my walks in general are not gentle .
in have however in the last few days added a few walks while i decide which program to follow next .
The short walks that i have in mind for evenings would involve a 3 to 4 mile walk up a hill usually rising about 1000 feet which would take me 1 hour to 1 hour 20mins
have a 5 min rest then run back down which would take me 30 to 40mins .
I known the run back down is not maybe as hard as a run on the flat but as id just walked the same distance up the hill .Would i be able to use that as one of my 3 runs for my build up to 10 k
I not sure if i will follow an app for the 10k or just as some have continue with 5 k runs and add 10% distance each week ( or add distance as i feel i can if 10% each week is a bit much ) so i would do
1 hill walk/run
1 x 5k flat
1 extending 5 k run
your thoughts would be a help .
I suppose the aim would be one day to run up and down