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#1 of 13 Old 04-01-2008, 06:02 PM - Thead Starter
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I've often read that the effort of charging up a hill is usually offset by looser downhill running that usually follows. It doesn't seem to be the case for me.

When going up a steep hill, I fit my breathing pattern into the rythm of my foot strike. Once on top, I could be out-of-breath but still in the right tempo. If the top of said hill is followed by a flat road, I can regain my breathing quite fast by keeping a fast & short leg turnover.

However, the more downhill it goes, the longer I take to recup: I seem to be unable to adjust the fast breathing pattern I reached while going up into a (slightly) longer stride mode. I feel my breathing all over the place when going down. Not anymore in tempo with my foot strikes. I hate the feeling. Any suggestion ?
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My knees cringed when I read your post. They hate downhill.

Biomechanics

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Also in another journal:
"During downhill running the role of eccentric work of the 'anti-gravity' muscles--knee extensors, muscles of the anterior and posterior tibial compartments and hip extensors--is accentuated. "

and Optimal downhill biomechanics:
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...... running up and down asphalt hills.... argh! personally I love running downhill on a nice soft surface....
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Personally I thought a toboggan was the best way to go downhill... wink.gif
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"Going down" and "going downhill" are two different things ... uhoh2.gif

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Beware the Iron God'
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... i luv bothblush.gif .... there it's out!


did I just type that?
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Gro, your avatar suddenly looks very different.
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I too hate downhills. My instinct is to lean back and slow down rather than speed up and use gravity while on hills I try to push my pace.
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I am in the same boat. I actually prefer a slight incline even to the flat... bizarre, I know.

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i read this book about 4 years ago.... after a bunch of injuries (couple of stress fractures)... taught myself to lean forward & stay on the balls of my feet...... worth reading!
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Gro: You lent me this book a couple of years ago, right ? Great but I don't remember anything about my perceived problem (breathing - foot strike transition)
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