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A little tip to help hill running

Now, I may be teaching my Grandmother to suck eggs with this one, but it's been such a revelation to me I wanted to share.

When running up hill, instead of swinging your arms to the back, swing your hands up, towards your face. I'm gobsmacked, it may just be a distraction technique, but it WORKS! Well, it does for me anyway.

Give it a go, I'd be really interested to see if it works for anyone else.

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Ooh interesting CG! So your palms are facing front? That sounds awkward but hey, I'm going out soon so will try it and let you know 🙂

Did you find this out "by mistake" or was it something you read?

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No not palms facing front, hands held in your normal position, elbows still bent at 90 degrees, just swinging forward more. It's hard to explain...

I've been re-reading Chi running, there are so many useful tips there.

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That makes sense - it moves your centre of gravity forward up the hill rather than backwards down the hill.

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Yes, you are meant to be leaning forward in Chi running anyway

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Think of it like your arms are swinging like a pendulum, they swing further forward when going uphill, they swing backwards on the flat.

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This made me smile as it's exactly what I do when I run up the stairs of our building three at a time and it definitely gives some 'lift'.

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I wish I'd known this years ago....it's so hilly round here and I've struggled for years lol!

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I'd never really thought about it in a conscious way but it rang a bell when I read your post. It does make sense though, re Sheps' comment above.

I will have to bear it in mind with some of the hills here - I've been trying to avoid them but there are plenty of hills in and around Rome too.

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That's so true! i found that helped as i run up my demon gentle incline in the park. Good too and thank you for sharing.

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Omg I am going to try this, I have a hill near here we call Cavendish Hill after Mark Cavendish who won a cycling time trial and it is lethal, and I learned about the back stitch method from GrannyHelen57 but this is definitely worth a punt too.

Thanks

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What is the back stitch method?

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Found it! Run up a bit, run down a bit run up a bit more....I don't think all that turning would help my vertigo lol!

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Will give that a go, thanks.

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Will try it out this morning. Back at home after travelling on business so am back to the 300mtr gentle bit tortuous slope

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Interesting! Wish I'd read this before my run this morning as I could have tried it on the down-up which came at the beginning and the end of my run. It's not too bad at the beginning, but when you've just done 10k, the up bit is tough! I will make a note to try your technique on Sunday. Thanks!

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Interesting. I changed my usual route last night and introduced a hill and my average speed slowed according to my Strava app. Next time I'll try this technique and see if I can pick up again!

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