One of the things that has changed in my preparation for this marathon is how I have included hill training. In the past my approach to hill training has been to have one run set aside each week for hill repeats for about 6-7 weeks over the first half of my training cycle.
This time the approach has been different. While I did get in a couple of hill repeat workouts early on, for the last several weeks my approach has evolved into going for a run through a hilly neighbourhood on Tuesday evenings.
The run involves doing a few laps through the neighbourhood to get in a handful of uphill runs. This is usually good for a 7.5-8 km run overall so it fits in nicely with my overall weekly mileage goals.
I am not sure how effective this will be in helping me reach my goal but it is certainly less monotonous than doing hill repeats on one hill. With a little over three weeks to go until race day I will likely get in two more of these runs before the Ottawa Marathon.
How do you incorporate hill training into your training?