I’m wondering about this as well. I live in a pretty hilly area and a lot of my runs included a ton of uphill hiking.
I always wondered that what kind of training effect and benefit hiking has for runners. I was a hiker before I started to transition to running, and I noticed that I can handle hikes way easier than before as my endurance improved with running. I still wonder if I go to hiking, if it adds any benefit for running. As it mostly very low intensity, it doesn’t even reach Zone1 – only on uphills. Does it improve anything, like muscular endurance? Like going for a 50k hike and being on foot ~10hours, does it improve fatigue resistance for example? or maybe even Base?
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