I live in a really hilly place and most of the hills are much too steep to attempt to run up at this stage - walking up them is quite challenging enough! If you go down hill there is a river and reasonably flat places to run. I have previously done my warm-up walk down to the river and done my run there, then warm-down walked back up to get home. Now I'm doing the longer runs it's nice to vary the route and I was thinking if I walked a little way up hill to warm up, then included a run down to the river in my run time, (including some flat streets on the way) it would give me a few more choices of route. It's also a bit safer as I tend to run early in the morning and sometimes I don't see anyone at all as I go through the woods, it can be a bit worrying, whereas this way is through town.
BUT is it cheating to run down hills? It is also potentially knackering to the knees, I realise! There aren't a lot of flat places round here and I'm aware that I could get bored doing the same route over and over again.
I do plan to start going up hills at some point but at the moment I know I'd FAIL if I tried, most of the hills are very steep, or very long inclines that would really tire me out. I am saving that challenge for 5K+!!!!!