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Hills

Running on hills will add variety to your training routine.  They will present a new challenge as they often require at least some modification of form.  If you have aspirations of trail running, learning to effectively navigate hills will be a necessity. The key to effective trail running is not much different than learning to run on any other surface or terrain.  Start slow and gradually develop speed.

     Hill running technique tends to be a hotly-debated topic for barefoot runners.  Each individual runner seems to have their own opinions on the best technique for tackling hills.  

Generally, I recommend using the same form
for going up and down hills as when running on flat roads or sidewalks.  To reduce the likelihood of injury, it may be helpful to increase your cadence and decrease your stride length. 

On trails, I often power-hike up hill.  If I do run, I use the same form I use on flat ground.  
My body position will remain more or less upright with a slight forward lean.

Downhill on trails can be a little more difficult depending on the terrain.  If it is non-technical, you can use the same technique as roads.  If it is very technical, slow your pace considerably and shorten your stride length.
  On steep hills, technical trails, or long runs, I employ what I refer to as the "downhill skiing technique."  It is somewhat difficult to explain, so check out this YouTube video: