The repetition of hill reps

Despite the lengthening days, the gloom of a late spring evening lingered as the cloud hung thickly and the drizzle felt as if it was magnetized to the fells. It was not a time to linger over views.

Yesterday evening was the start of some hill training proper. After a brief 10 minute warm-up run, a quick foray established a section of 25m of vertical ascent up a greasy fellside, the summit of which I creatively marked with a stick and a footprint in the crusted remains of a cow-pat, to temper any enthusiasm  to run any higher or further.

I lethargically wandered back to the foot of the hill, tapped the fence and turned….once, then twice, soon six repetitions had been completed, one hundred and twenty five metres i told myself. It would soon be ten and as the drizzle intensified it became fourteen and the three hundred and fifty marker reached.

At this point I opted for another 1o minute recovery run before returning. Six final reps, this time at a moderate to fast pace, my legs were beginning to tire but the five hundred metre marker arrived. And with that i turned down the hill once more and headed for home. Mission complete.

1. 10 minute warm up run

2. 14 x 25m vertical ascent at easy / sustainable pace. Continuous, walk back down for recovery.

3. 10 minute recovery run.

4. 6 x 25m vertical ascent at moderate / fast pace. Continuous, walk back down for recovery.

5. 10 minute run at moderate pace followed by warm down and stretches.


About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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