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  • Writer's pictureJacob Puzey


If you are preparing to run a trail or mountain ultra marathon or stage race you’ll want to become an efficient hiker.

The treadmill is an effective tool to practice hiking.

  • Set the incline at a grade that will allow you to hike fluidly and efficiently.

  • You can gradually add hikes into your training as a second workout of the day or on your active recovery days.

  • Start adding 1-2 x 20-30 minute treadmill hikes per week as you begin to prepare your body and mind for the challenges of a trail or mountain ultra or stage race.

  • Gradually increase the duration until you are eventually doing longer hikes in preparation for your upcoming challenges.

  • When ascending, lean into the hill at the heels.

Filmed and edited by Peak Run Performance Coach Eric Reyes.

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