READY SET GO

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RUN 5:
LEVEL UP
YOU'RE HALFWAY THROUGH YOUR 10-RUN CHALLENGE. NICE GOING.

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WHAT TO EXPECT Incorporating hills, or any kind of incline, really, into your training will make you a stronger runner, period. It not only challenges your cardiovascular system, but it also strengthens your glutes and improves your running efficiency.

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WORKOUT Run up a moderately sized hill/stairs/incline as fast as you can, and then jog back down to recover. Repeat 4 times. Try to find a stretch that is at least 30 seconds long. A victory cheer (or high-five from your running partner) after each climb is not required, but is highly encouraged.

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TIP While running uphill, don't lean too far forward. A slight lean with your chin leading your chest is enough. Take shorter strides so you're not putting as much strain on your quads, while maintaining a quick cadence, and use your arms to create momentum. On the downhills, focus on getting your breathing under control and lowering your heart rate.