I used to run around our local park which is flat all the way around. Running in a circle got a bit tedious so I started running on the roads where we live. We live in a really hilly part of Sheffield so there are some uphill bits and obviously some downhill bits. I feel as though the downhill runs are pointless and shouldn't count towards my time. Should I go back to the park and run round in a circle again????
Is running downhill cheating???: I used to run... - Couch to 5K
Walk slowly uphill, walk faster uphill, walk, fast slow or anything uphill. Makes no difference you are off the couch! If you can't go out of the house you can run on the stop, slow fast, a few knee bends. What does it matter and who's to say what you do! But enjoy it, if you don't think of a way you can. Football with the kids, tennis with the kids it says Couch to 5K but you don't get a ticket if you don't do it that way, the whole point is to keep or get active. Pilates with a CD? Fine with me.
I’m finding that being off the track is more interesting as all my running in my youth was done on a track. I’m finding the downhill harder on my legs but easier on the rest of me. I always run a straight there and back or a circuit though, so overall elevation change is zero.
From past experience though I can say up and down hill is more demanding and so more of a workout.