To be good at running hills, one must train accordingly. Fast hill repeats (ex.: 2 X 5 mins. or 3 X 7 mins uphill, or 4 X 5 mins. dowhill) on steep terrain will do wonders. It will especially acquaint you with the experience ("it ain't so bad!") and you will learn to actually accelerate running up hills(and that, as mentioned earlier, is especially worthwhile as you hit the crest of the hill and to put some distance between you and your competitors who will tend to slow down as they hit the peak).
But generally, you need to be in very good shape to be efficient in running hills. There is a race I used to do every year at just about this time of year - a 20 k thing with steep and rather scarry hills between kilometers 8 and 14. Last year I had trained like never before and, honest, this time I didn't even notice the hills. When we are not at excellent condition we will overestimate the challenge of a hill...
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