Hill Training in Chicago?

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    Aug 25, 2010 4:55 AM GMT
    I recently did my first half marathon (RnR Chicago) and now I'm looking to do another HM soon but it'll likely be out of town (combine two of my favorite things, running and travel). The ones I'm looking at right now either have a lot some downhill parts or some interesting hills along the way. I'm not a fan of treadmill running but at least I know I can use a treadmill to do some uphill training as worst case scenario but I'd prefer actual hills or at least a decent slope. To kind of get my body/legs used to downhill running I'd like to find a hill around the area to go run up/down and train there which is easier said than done around Chicago. Anyone know of any decent hills for running around Chicago? Any info is much appreciated icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 25, 2010 1:47 PM GMT
    I know of a few - well, I wouldn't exactly call them "hills" but they are not exactly flat either!

    These are all along the lakefront path. I'll go north to south.

    Up at the top of the path is Cricket Hill - around Sunnyside Ave. - runners cut across it so you can see the dirt trail they've cut.

    There's a mild swelling to get up over the river - just a couple of small bumps really - and a long low grade coming around the DuSable harbor corner. Another bump at the Aquarium.

    South of Soldier Field, around 18th Street, is Sledding Hill. It's nicely steepish.

    And last but not least! (and yes, there's really only three on the list) it's the 47th Street hill. Surprisingly, this is at 47th Street.icon_wink.gif It's a good one.

    Unfortunately for hill running, in Chicago you're pretty much out of luck. I haven't seen serious hills any closer than Galena, in the western part of the state - about three hours away by car.

    Congrats on the RnR Half, as well. If you have any questions, I also run in Chicago.
  • njp729

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    Sep 20, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    There are some good (for Chicago) hills out near Montrose Beach too, just off the main path. Near the dog beach is a nice rise that I like to just run up and down. Then further out the spit (near the bird sanctuary) are some more smaller up-and-downs. I really like it out there, just to get some nice trail running in too.
  • westguy79

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    Sep 20, 2010 4:48 AM GMT
    There's also Mt. Trashmore in Evanston. Its a great sledding hill in the winter!
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    Sep 20, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    There is nothing in Chicago that even remotely qualifies as a hill. Living in Seattle for 15 years and walking up Denny to Cap. Hill on a regular basis familiarizes one with the term "hill". Some small side streets that turn off Aurora onto Queen Anne Hill might actually be sharper than 45 degrees. icon_lol.gif
  • helium

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    Sep 23, 2010 12:38 PM GMT
    I know of a hill that's in Benseville that I used to train on when I did cross country in high school. It's right near a middle school which was pretty cool. The only other hill that I can think of is in Schiller Woods near the corner of Irving Park n Cumberland. That hill is pretty good since one side has a nice gentle incline while some of the other sides are a bit sharp. That's one I use a lot of hill training. Hope that helps out a bit.
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    Jun 29, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    roflrofl i just went to chicago its completely flat

    try san marcos texas haha