Downhill Running


I recently watched the Evolution Running DVD. Their section on downhill running was spot-on.

The problem most people have with downhill running is that they are braking too much. That is, their feet are landing too far ahead, which slows them down too much.

To run faster downhill (with not much additional effort), concentrate on leaning forward slightly at the waist and landing with each foot slightly behind your knees.

This technique simulates a rolling wheel. You stop braking and let momentum take over.

Downhill running is a lot more stressful than running level or even uphill. Expect your quads to be sore the next day. And as always, start slow.

Personally, I think the value of downhill running is mostly if you are training for a hilly race.

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