You see the hill in front of you and it is imposing. “How the heck am I going to get to the top?”, you say. Relax – just focus on a spot just 3-4 yards in front of you and don’t look at the top. Shorten your stride and lean into the hill slightly and “chop” your way up. When you crest the hill, maintain the strong effort and count 10 strides until you completely flatten out (or begin going back down). Hills are going to be there – use them to your advantage, particularly in races, as most other runners will fear them and slow down, especially at the top.