6 ways to move the hill
#1 Count it out. Breaking the set into stride numbered patterns will help to shift focus to one leg and improve intensity of how it is being utilised in the gait cycle.
Over a 30 second hill expect to use each leg 40-50 times. Counting off one side gives enough time to pick up on any faults and correct. Once proficient then change the counts. 4's, 8's, 20's. Long counts for endurance and short counts repeated for short fast efforts
#2 eyeball the finish
Looking at the finish every 4-5 seconds can help the mind cope, especially towards the end of the intervals. Seeing the finish, to any project, stimulates the belief, ties the effort to a purpose and as it gets closer there's a tendency to pick up the form.
#3 bench by bench
On the recovery back down, observe specific landmarks that can be used as markers. This might be the smallest of objects such as a twig, road marking or pebble. Big ones like benches or trees. The hill has its chapters. Breaking the length into sections will improve the pace judgement. Important on the longer endurance drills.
#4 one thought to the top
Before taking the first step make a decision on the one aspect that will be repeated. No matter how tired or uncomfortable, train your mind to coach the body to do what you have planned to do.
#5 stay alive
No joke, many a time we have watched people pushing the limit and not breathing!!! If this is you, complete some intervals at a low intensity and practice the intake and exhale of air. Great benefit as you observe the posture adapting to your needs. Ribcage expanding, diaphragm employed fully, relaxation filtering into the connections around the joints.
#6 turn the ramp into a step
Visualise a set of stairs in front of you. Engage each stride as if needing to clear the lip of each one. Tempo will increase and although the stride length may diminish there is a good possibility of getting to the top quicker. Inadvertently you will also engage the butt and core muscles to greater affect.