Downhills for dummiesApril 24, 2008
Since I’ll be posing as a trail runner for the next three months, I want to develop some good trail running form to go with my Brooks Cascadias and gaiters.
For me, the hardest part of trail running is going downhill. Somehow I manage to be slow, tentative, and out of control all at the same time. It’s like watching my son learn to walk.
To kick off my remedial course in gravity-assisted locomotion, I gave myself the assignment of rereading an online interview with Scott Jurek. Scott says, “Don’t lean back…. Quick short strides…. Lower your center of gravity by increasing knee bend and slightly flexing the hips…. Let your body ‘fall’ without excessive braking.”
Some of this same biomechanical territory is also covered in a short video by Scott Mason and Karl Meltzer, the so-called Wasatch Speed Goats.
OK, readers, it’s your turn. What’s the best trail running tip or drill you’ve ever encountered?