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Manwich5 wrote:
The most popular form of strength training for elites is running hills. Repeats, circuits, easy and long runs over hills, fartleks, you name it. The bottom line is that they spend a lot of time running up and down.

I got the above statement from the lifting weights article on this website. when it says… “The bottom line is that they spend a lot of time running up and down.” Do you mean they spend alot of time running up and down as in running along rolly terrains…. or doing hill repeats?

Yes, absolutely.

Can you still get leg strength effectively from just going on hilly long runs or regular runs over hills without doing hill repeats? I just dont like the word repeat in there during base building.

So leave it out until the strength phase, which follows.

So i am just going to do some hilly runs here and there or whenever i get the urge to run hilly areas.

Sounds like a plan.

I just wouldnt feel id get any mileage in if i just went out one day and did lets say 9X100 meter hill repeats. Thats not even a mile worth of workout.

Do keep in mind that this workout would not have to be the extent of your running for that day, for the phase when such a workout does have relevance to your training.

Plus it doesnt feel right doing repeats during base building.

You have the right idea, then.

So my question again…. Can you still get leg strength effectively from just going on hilly long runs or regular runs over hills during base building without doing hill repeats?

Sure, but it will not end there.

Oh and The article also made me feel a little skeptical to using a weight room to lift weights. Well the thing is my coach works at a community college and i signed up for his fitness center class for the summer. Hes probably going to want me to do stuff like bench pressing and all these weight lifting excersizes. I agree that adding more work to running than lifting weights is better. The class is pretty flexible with time. You can pop in anywhere in the morning to the afternoon and on some days the evening. Since i signed up i knew i would have to do something in there. So heres my plan. The article did state that some elites do body weight excersizes and the majority of them do core strength excersizes. So maybe when im in there i can do stuff like chin-ups, pull-ups, step-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, and maybe light weight arm dumbelling. I just wouldnt feel confortable doing the weight lifting routine my coach wants me to do. Id rather get my leg strength from actually running on hills. So does doing the excersizes i mentioned above sound like a good idea?

Perhaps you would get something from these, such as “Core Strength” and/or “Body Circuit”: http://www.smiweb.org/massage_clinic/guides.html