27 Feb '17, 5pm

The Right Way to Run Downhill

The Right Way to Run Downhill

Boost your cadence. Taking short, quick steps can reduce the impact of each stride. One study found that increasing cadence (the number of steps taken each minute) by 8 percent compared to what felt natural reduced the loss of strength caused by a 45-minute downhill run. That said, some people already shorten their steps when they run downhill and shortening them further would be inefficient. To figure out what works best for you, experiment with a range of quicker and slower strides in training, and try to settle into a stride that minimizes the feeling of braking with each step as you descend hills. Vary foot strike. Which part of your foot should hit the ground first has been the topic of vigorous debate. There’s some evidence that landing on your heel as you descend is less fatiguing than landing on your forefoot or midfoot, thanks to the angle of the knee at the momen...

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