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12 Reasons I Love Running Uphill



I have a 12-mile route that I run through the mountains where the trail undulates through steep climbs and sharp declines.

During a recent run, the euphoria of running swept over me as I bombed the downhills and pushed up the inclines.

The run gave me time to reflect on why I love running up hills.

I came up with one reason  for every mile I ran.


12 Reasons I Love Running Uphill

  1. I have spent too much time living in areas where the land is so flat, I have to run in parking garages to hill train.
  2. During my last 100 mile ultra, the hills chewed me up. I need to be stronger on hills.
  3. Running hills is not easy, and what’s running if it’s not hard?
  4. The toughest trail runners, warrior up hills.
  5. The Kenyans do it, enough said.
  6. It adds variety to the run.
  7. When I can’t bear any more, I have an excuse to walk.
  8. I love the saying, “Up the Hill, down the ale.”
  9. I like to Name my Nemesis. I name my toughest climbs.
  10.  Why trail run if you’re not running rugged.
  11. Next time it will be easier.
  12. What goes up, must come ……


Tell me what you think of hills.

Do you love them or hate them?

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