Struggling to run up hills or want to learn more about how you can add hill training for running into your next training cycle?
Do you want to get stronger for running uphill or are wondering what muscles you should strengthen for hill training?
Elisabeth Scott is marathoner, coach, answer seeker, and owner of Running Explained and host of the Running Explained Podcast. Elisabeth and I chat about how to implement hill training into your running.
Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!
We answer the following questions and get into so much more:
-What is hill training?
-Why would you consider adding hill training into your running workouts?
-When is the best time to start running hills in a training cycle or calendar year?
-How do you train for hill runs?
-How do we implement this type of training?
-How do I get stronger at running uphill?
-How do I strengthen my legs for hill running?
-Misconception about hill training?
This was a value packed conversation with a coach who just recently added hill training into her personal running training for the Boston Marathon! I hope you enjoy the episode with Elisabeth who is a true professional in the running coaching and podcast community. Most importantly, I hope you learn a thing or two that you can take into your next training cycle!
Elisabeth Scott started Running Explained with the mission to help runners of all experiences and abilities become students of the sport and understand the how, what, and why of running! She currently holds running certifications from RRCA, USATF, and UESCA, has coached dozens of runners 1:1, and helped thousands of runners achieve their goals with training plans and guidance!
Although active in sports growing up (including swimming, cross-country, and downhill skiing), running just to run was never on her mind! After a long stretch of inactivity through college and her late twenties, Elisabeth picked up running at the age of 29 and set the goal of running a local 5k… just to “get in shape!” Within 6 months, she had run a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon, finishing her first half in 1:56 and her first full in 4:05 (which at the time was devastating… and in retrospect is something she is eminently proud of). This “crash course” in running (including learning a lot about what not to do) fueled the inspiration for the work she does today. She has since run 4 marathons, multiple 5k, 10k, and half marathon races, and her current PRs include a 20:07 5k, 1:36 half marathon, and 3:33 marathon (BQ).
Elisabeth’s training philosophy emphasizes the importance of developing a strong aerobic capacity, creating training habits that encourage consistency, whole-athlete development (including advising on strength training, mobility, nutrition, hydration, and managing life stress), and helping runners enjoy what they’re doing and making running fit into their life… not the other way around! She works with runners who have goals ranging from “become a better runner and quit the cycle of training burnout”, to running a first half or full marathon, to running a specific goal time in races of all distances from the 5k through the marathon distance and multi-race weekends.
Listen to my previous episode on why she started running, her personal struggle with addiction, alcoholism, and overcoming injuries with Elisabeth
There are six parts of your running journey that need to be optimized so you can run strong and last long! Learn them here
Links and Resources from the show:
– Learn more about Elisabeth and Running Explained
– Follow Running Explained on Instagram
– Download my free Race Day Blueprint
– Listen to my previous episode on trail running
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Want the structured strength and run plan with motivation and accountability to reach your highest running potential? Book a call and learn more about Healthy Runner coaching here!
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Connect with Dr. Duane:
Dr. Duane Scotti, DPT, PhD, OCS is a running physical therapist, run coach, host of the Healthy Runner podcast, and founder of Spark Healthy Runner and has been a leader in the rehab and running community for 20+ years.
Duane initially started running as an adult, wanting to add some cardio to his gym sessions. After having a hip surgery, his doctor advised him to get off the treadmill and run outside. Without having fully recovered, Duane suffered a running-related hamstring tendon injury and many others as a novice runner.
As a coach, he has guided thousands of athletes back to running, finishing their first marathon, crushing a personal best, and even the elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time.
He is truly living his passion educating the running community that they don’t need to stop running to get over a running injury. Through his signature 1:1 coaching program, weekly videos, and podcast episodes, he empowers runners to get stronger, run faster, and enjoy lifelong injury free running. Dr. Duane truly believes that anyone can run and that all runners should be treated differently when recovering from an injury. He is on a mission to change the traditional thinking that running causes “overuse injuries” or “your body is just not meant to run” and you must “take a break” to get better. Through strength and run specific training you can grow a strong mind, strong body, and just keep running!
Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and 2003. He then went on to receive a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. Duane is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, certified in dry needling and has advanced training in spinal manipulation and rehabilitation for runners.
As an athlete, Duane is an adult-onset runner, avid half marathoner, and enjoys challenging himself to learn and grow in his personal running journey!
A native New Yorker from Long Island, Duane currently lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with his wife Deb and his two teenage daughters who are competitive volleyball players. They all love to explore new beaches along the east coast.
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My Healthy Runner journey started after I had battled bilateral achilles pain for a few months and was frustrated how it affected my running. As soon as I talked to Duane I knew I had made the right decision. His positivity, enthusiasm and genuine care are infectious. The training plan that was tailored to me included specific exercises to rehab my injury and I was so excited that I didn’t have to stop running. It took patience to only run slow for a few weeks but I trusted the process and it got me me to where I am now: running pain free. We made adjustments to the plan throughout whenever needed having someone in your corner that is always there with guidance and support throughout the process was invaluable.
I just ran my second half marathon, both with Duane’s coaching, and PR’d by over 9 minutes! I got all choked up in the last mile when I realized that I felt strong and could still kick it up a notch.
I’m so thankful for the Healthy Runner program, community and the entire coaching team for all the support!
Wanting to run more consistently, and to increase my long run distance and total weekly mileage, I was concerned about hip pain due to hip alignment issues. This is an issue I had when I trained for my first half marathon several years ago. Having listened to the Healthy Runner podcast for the past couple years, I knew Duane Scotti could help. I signed up for the four-month strength and running training program and am extremely happy with the results.
The program Duane and Coach Whitney developed for me was exactly what I needed. It was tailored to my needs and to my target race. Coach Whitney was very helpful, and with the biweekly coaching calls, we were able to fine tune the program based off my performance and feedback.
At the end of the program, I completed a 10K trail race feeling strong and pain free.
I highly recommend Duane Scotti and the Healthy Runner training programs.