28 Oct '16, 9am

Take these tips from the pros to perfect your downhill running form.

Take these tips from the pros to perfect your downhill running form.

Stay upright. Krar recommends a posture that is perpendicular to the ground, except on the steepest grades. Leaning back and over-striding increases impact, adds braking, and offers less control. Look ahead. Choose a line that offers the optimum balance between maintaining momentum and minimizing the risk of falling. Increase cadence. “Think light, quick steps,” Krar says. The goal is to float down the trail. Focus On Strength Ian Torrence, an ultrarunning coach for McMillan Running, says lunges and squats can help strengthen your quads, but “they don’t replicate the ballistic nature or the duration of downhill running.” Torrence recommends: Practice. Do some downhill repeats. Start with just two or three repeats and build up gradually—these workouts will be hard on the legs. Know your surroundings. Being a flatlander is no excuse. Torrence suggests using parking-garage ra...

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