31 May '12, 7pm

Dread going up? Reap the benefits of hill work by changing your routine and your attitude.

Dread going up? Reap the benefits of hill work by changing your routine and your attitude.

THE EARTH WAS once flat as glass, according to Native American lore. But then the Thunderbirds, or "Divine Ones," marked the land with their mighty footsteps and hammered it with their clubs, resulting in hills. As any runner who's climbed Heartbreak Hill can attest, hills may have divine benefits, but they make you feel like you've been pummeled by the Thunderbirds. Why does hill running hurt so much? In part, because it takes more work. "You have to recruit more muscle fibers to get yourself up the hill, which causes those muscles to fatigue faster," says Carwyn Sharp, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Plus, when you're running on an incline, there's a shorter distance for your foot to fall before it hits the ground. That translates into less of an energy boost from the tendons, which you normally get when runn...

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