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  • Austin Cowan

    February 4, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I live in Colorado, and it’s a similar situation here. Most of my routes, especially the longer routes, are hilly. Some more than others in terms of gradient, but never flat. I try to hold pace on the less steep hills, and allow myself to slow it down going up the steeper sections. Let myself go a little bit going downhill. Ultimately, I am trying to maintain the level of effort and average throughout the tempo run though. It’s a bit of a mental gymnastics game during the run (“I’m down 10 seconds, I made up 10 seconds”), but I think there is value in that too for race day. Having that awareness and being able to dial in and focus on where you are and what you need to do.