June 15 2018
Coach Hillary Kigar advises on the best timeline runners should use when returning to running after a race.
With the Boston Marathon less than two weeks away, it’s time to brush up on your downhill running skills. So many runners spend a lot of time training (and worrying) about the uphill portions of the Boston course and forget that the downhills can be real quad shredders.
Here are some tips on how to properly run the downhills of Boston (or any other race) and still be able to walk down the stairs the next day!
“The key is to have a slight forward lean,” elite runner and new mom Tina Muir once told me. “Think about peering over the edge of a cliff and staying in control.” That second part takes some practice, but the visualization is spot on for proper form when running downhill. Here’s how to do it:
It may be a bit late in the game to properly practice downhill running for this year’s Boston Marathon, but you can incorporate some short, less steep inclines into your remaining taper days. Try it this way:
Now that you know the basics, you can better understand the mechanics behind the art of running downhill. Don’t overthink what your body will instinctively do; instead, know that there is a correct way to master those downhill portions and allow those quads live to run another day!