Running on the flat is easy. A little undulation makes it interesting and there are occasional obstacles which you have to go around, hurdle, remove or jump. Lack of incline means you can be consistent in your pace, maintain a regular cadence and stride.

Hills are hard. They sap the energy and you can feel your body burn as you drive your way up them. The feeling of satisfaction when you get to the top is amazing though – especially if it’s particularly steep.

You can’t sprint up a long hill. You might try but it’s unlikely your initial pace would be maintained. You need to assess the gradient and distance and decide on the pace you’ll be running at.

Your pace is decided by the hill.

Do you allow the hill challenges at work to decide your pace?

Are you ready to climb?

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