Now that I have shared my big race announcement, that I’ll be heading to Atlanta to run the AJC Peachtree Road Race with Team Mizuno on July 4th it is time to put some specific training in place for this race. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a hot, hilly 10K and here in Charleston, SC we sure have the hot and humid covered, but we don’t have any hills. Charleston is as flat as possible, we find bridges to run in order to make our own hills, so my training for the AJC Peachtree Road Race will be tailored around being able to confidently, and strongly, run those hills.
I am focusing in on 3 training goals to prepare me for the AJC Peachtree Road Race and its hills:
1. Plan Runs Around Hills –
It makes sense that to train for a hilly race you would need to run hills. However, when you live in a place with no hills this is not as easy said as done. I can’t just walk out my door and go for a run around my neighborhood as usual, I am going to have to plan my runs around hill work. In Charleston that means driving to the Cooper River Bridge for a run. I ran the bridge once last week, and plan on continuing with this trend. (It is 5 miles if you run all the way over and back. Up, down, back up, back down. ugghhhhhh…)
2. Run Long –
I know that running the hills at the AJC Peachtree Road Race will tire out my legs, so I want to make sure they are used to running a bit tired. In order to do that I am continuing with some longer runs of 10 – 12 miles. By continuing my weekend long runs my body will be used to working hard for a longer time which should help prepare them for a tough 10K.
3. Strength Train 2-3 Times a Week –
Finally, building strength really helps with hill work. In order to do this I will be continuing to strength train 2-3 times a week. I personally do all my strength training at Orange Theory Fitness because I like having a trainer there to help me with the moves and keep me focused.
What do you do to prepare for hilly races?
What are you currently training for?