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Kim Stevenson
Johnny, I tend to be of the 'ankle' drive school of Lydiard hill running as I find that the easist method to get athletes into Hill running, the other methods can evolve aound that as they become more experienced. But once again you have to see what works for you.. For marathon running I feel the 'ankle' drive idea is more suited. Probably the best athlete who used this method was Jeff Julian. He really concentrated on each stride pushing off the front of the foot with an exagerated arm action making slow progress up the hill. He was also an 'ace' at the downhill stride work as well.
I find with a lot of athletes you have to be there for their down hill work as some 'overstride'out of control or compensate by "braking". for beginners or those who don't run well downhill (ME!!!!) I tend to do that work on the flat near the hill.
Just yesterday I thought I would run up one of my hills for 400m or so just to refresh my memory, using ankle drive.
As I started a young guy (Rugby Player)was doing "Hill Sprints" , he passed me at 50m. I found he was "all over the place", Flat footed and uncoordinated as he tried to "squeeze" more speed out of his legs. He got to the 150m Mark and looked as though he had just run a marathon. I passed him with a big grin on my face. He will never know why !!!!!.
Don't get sucked into this method.

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