Many training programs call for hill work. The problem is many people (like me) don’t live near hills. I generally just don’t worry about it and never even think of hill training. But this morning as I looked outside at the treetops swaying and flags whipping in a 25 mile an hour wind, I decided it was a good day for hill training. Inside on the treadmill. I like mixing up my treadmill runs to keep from getting bored so every quarter-mile I increased or deceased the incline. Into the 4th mile the “hill” was pretty steep and I could tell I hadn’t done hills in a long time. Five miles on the treadmill with lots of hills was a good workout for a windy, cold Saturday. Not quite the same as the 12 miles I had planned for outside but I think the hill work was a good substitute. In the future I need to build that into my training on a more regular basis. If you don’t do hills often, jump on the treadmill and crank up the incline once in a while. Your quads will thank you.