|Victor, Tim Long, and Lucho|
So I really was excited when my wife signed us up for a hill running clinic that Tim Long's (a.k.a. Footfeathers) was conducting in the Marin Headlands. He brought friends to this clinic, Tim Waggoner (a.k.a. Lucho) and Victor Ballesteros, so you got a full breadth of experience.
|Climbing our practice hill.|
It was a pretty cold day; however, there was a pretty good turnout. In fact there were several that had run the Rocky Ridge half-marathon and 10K the day before, so we were in great company.
|Even Victor got into the action. Notice one foot stays on the ground always.|
Tim Waggoner illustrated his method, which was similar with the exception that instead you are standing a bit more. Short quick steps again, keeping one foot on the ground also.
After everyone took turns with feedback from Tim Long, we worked on our ascents. Basically it is very much like speed walking up hill; however, using your upper body to propel you up the mountain. Tim Waggoner then showed the method currently being used on the European circuit, which is basically done by placing your hands on your knees and pushing up.
After the clinic, everyone went for a run towards Tennessee Valley. I ran with them a bit; however, decided to cut back to meet Beth who was exploring another part of the trail. All in all, it is definitely worth the $30 and I learned a lot. Tim does a series of these clinics every month or two and cover subjects like hill training, nutrition, and race planning and strategy. Check here on a regular basis if you are interested.
|Truman is a very happy pup with Cat Corbett! Photo Brazen Photographer|
So ideally, for me, I will be using the method that Cat Corbett suggested for long downhill firetrails and the Tim Long and Tim Waggoner’s method for technical stuff.
At the end of it all, everyone develops their own technique; however, it is great to revisit and refine it every once and a while.