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I know that hills have been covered almost as much as "which shoe should I buy" but despite trawling the past threads i can't find an answer to my problem.
I've been running for around 8 years or so with a few months off here and there.
I'm not competitive and don't profess to be a particularly good or fast runner. However I feel I'm fit and strong enough to be able to enjoy running without it being too painful?! I've done London (2003) a half marathon (1h 50) and several 10k's (47-50mins)
I've always had the same problem which is hills! I just can't seem to do em! But lately it seems a lot worse to the point of de motivation!
I can run for miles on a flat course with perhaps one slight or very short hill but despite feeling great and running comfortably I become exhausted almost immediately when I try a reasonable hill. My legs seem to drain of all strength and I am fighting to keep going stright away. I often don't get to the top without walking or even having to stop!
The energy drain is wierd as it's almost instant and total! I have often though about seeing a doctor, it's THAT bad! Sometimes the hill is not even a real hill, just a slight upwards gradient but the result is the same "instant energy drain"!!! Anything other than flat or down hill has the same effect in varying degrees.
I moved last year from a very flat area to a very hilly (to me) area in Derbyshire and I have struggled in the last few months to find a flat(ish) course that also avoids the main A6 road and all the car fumes.
There's lots of nice country roads and foot paths but they all involve hills, hills that I simply cannot get up without walking, often for most of the hill and with little energy left afterwards.
Am I missing something? Is it just me? Is this common? I don't just mean I find them hard work, I mean I find them almost impossible!!!
Could it be something to do with my metabolism? I am 46 and around 12.5 stone. I have considered that it's just that my legs have to push 12st + up the hill, whereas my wife only has to get 8st up there, Despite her being a less strong and less experienced runner she seems to cope with hills far better than i do and doesn't even seem to notice the gradient unless it's very steep!
Any advice (other than "love hills") would be welcome. I can't "love them" if I can't even get up them without walking and feeling really crappy and "cheated"about my run afterwards.
Could it be a fuel problem? Is there a certain food that will help me? Is my body not storing sugar/carbs properly?
Is it just my genetics? Am I simply not built that way and will always struggle with hills, no matter how much I run?
I really need an angle on this as it's ruining my running and making me consider packing it in as i just don't enjoy it like this.