Run faster Uphill & Downhill (14 skills from mountain record breaker!)

by Jun 18, 2018Training0 comments

Written by Claire Maxted

June 18, 2018

Do you have difficulty maintaining your speed uphill and/or descending quickly? Three Peaks Fell Race ladies winner and record holder, Inov8 athlete Vic Wilkinson, reveals her skills advice for running fast both up and down hills.

Remedial and sports massage therapist, Inov8 athlete Vic Wilkinson from Hebden in Yorkshire has smashed no less than 12 fell running records in 2017. The most famous of those is the Yorkshire Three Peaks Fell Race in April 2017 where she flew over the finish line in 3hrs 9mins (13th overall), over 5mins faster than Anna Pichrtova’s 2008 time for this classic 23 mile ‘marathon with mountains’ over the area’s three famous summits. Vic has also won the British and English Fell Running Championships many times, including last year for the later. Train how she trains to improve your uphill and downhill running!

 

Did you know?
Victoria became the first woman to win both the Three Peaks Cyclocross event (2012) and the Three Peaks Fell Race (2014). She says, “Cycling is fantastic strength and endurance training for trail runners, it really builds your quad (thigh) muscles and helps you avoid injury, or if you are injured it helps keep your fitness up while you recover. One hour’s run can be substituted for an hour of 20 second Fartlek efforts or hill reps on a turbo trainer or road cycle, or a hilly mountain bike ride.” 

Find out how to use cycling in your running training here https://wordpress.com/post/wildgingerfilms.co.uk/789

Kit Vic wears:
Inov8 Wrag (Buff at neck) amzn.to/2F9YdRn
Inov8 Race Ultra Skull running hat amzn.to/2qUiiq5
Inov8 Thermoshell insulated jacket amzn.to/2qUQVMv
Inov8 Base Elite 140 L/S baselayer amzn.to/2Hoh3Xc
Inov8 AT/C 3QRT TIghts amzn.to/2HkT4fr
Inov8 X-Talon 230 amzn.to/2HmVaeZ

The kit I wore/used:
Columbia Parallel Peak II Beanie hat amzn.to/2HkmdY8
Trail Running Ruff (Buff at neck) www.trailrunningmag.co.uk/ruff/
Inov8 AT/C Long Sleeved Baselayer amzn.to/2JkPf6H
Inov8 AT/C Stormshell waterproof jacket amzn.to/2K9z90D
Berghaus Tephra down jacket amzn.to/2Fbejdw
Inov8 Trail Talon 200 amzn.to/2K8Tbbx

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Transparency: As per usual for all outdoor journalists, I was sent this kit to test out free of charge. I am not paid to wear and review this kit and I provide trusted, independent reviews just as I did as editor of Trail Running magazine 2010-17.

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