Struggling to get your hill workouts in? Or want to amp up your hill workouts?
Try a Paperclip Hill. Or try five.
Our boot camp instructor introduced us to this workout, which feels like it’s half the work, but you’re getting in a quality workout.
With our boot camp instructor in Las Vegas for the Half Ironman World Championships in Las Vegas (Good luck, Kris!), four of us met up this morning at 6 a.m. to run together.
We headed to our town’s most popular running hill (Harvey Street, for you Perthites), and decided to complete five paperclip hills. Doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? But wait until you try it!
Here’s how Paperclip Hills work:
1. Start at the halfway point of a hill.
2. Run up the hill hard, then run to the bottom of the hill.
3. Run up the entire hill – yes, still hard.
4. When you’re at the top, turn to go back down to the hill, running back to your halfway-up-the-hill starting point. This half-hill descent is your recovery.
5. Start again at the halfway point of a hill.
That is one paperclip.
We pushed it this morning, and after completing five hills this morning, we were toast.
Paperclip Hills are a really good way to mix up a boring hill run and it makes your brain work during the workout, too.
And now I can eat all the Perth Fair Fudge today. Right? I’m sure that’s how it works.
Have a great weekend!