Hill Module for Youth Training Plan Level 1


This plan is designed for youth runners that are focused on Cross-Country or Track and are transitioning from a base plan before going into a race plan.

This 6-week hill module plan is perfect for when you have a few weeks before your race plan starts or want/need to get better at running hills. Use it to develop bettter hill running technique and to build your aerobic capacity (VO2max), leg strength and lactic acid tolerance. Before starting, you should be able to run 15 minutes on your regular runs and at least 30 minutes on your long runs. The training includes a weekly hill repeat session and supplementary workouts to boost your overall fitness (shown in sample week).

Weekly mileage = 15-20 miles per week (24-32 kilometers per week)*
*based on an average training pace of 12:00 min/mi (7:30 min/km)
NOTE: Each run includes a range of duration/distance and pace so actual mileage may vary.

For each and every run, I’ll provide the exact pace range for each run/workout (integrated from the McMillan Running Calculator) and will advance the paces as you progress through the training plan so you are always optimally challenged. I’m also making your plan really flexible so it can flow with your life. You can easily move runs around based on your life schedule.

In addition to the run training, I’m also going to have you perform my Runner’s Core Routine and Form Drills routines. These “”prehab”” programs are included with your plan and build you into a strong, supple, injury-resistant runner.

Runs/Week: 3. Key/Hard Workouts/Week: 1.

Need more weeks? Suggested Training Cycle:
-Rebuild Fitness Training Plan 8 weeks (opt.)
-Base Training Plan 8 weeks
-Pre-Race Training Module [Hills, Stamina, Speed] 6 weeks
-Race-Specific Training Plan 12-16 weeks