Hello C25k crew. I'm in need of some of your advice.
I've started to add some new routes to my running, and some have steeper hills than my usual course. I'm getting better at running up them - assassin style as someone mentioned in a post several weeks back. But the downhills are killing me - the steeper they are, the worse they are. Particularly for my knees. And strangely, not all of the time, only sometimes.
I try to run down them very slowly and not slap my feet down on the pavement. But I'm in need of some other downhill tips. It feels very awkward and wrong running downhill the way I'm doing it.
I'm also planning to buy new shoes which I'm hoping will help.
So any and all help is welcome. Call me crazy, but I thought the downhills (not the uphills) are supposed to be the part we look forward to to in a run.
It's a good question. I tend to put the brakes on, but as you say, that presents a knee problem. I did read a blog once that said you should embrace them and run them as fast as you can - basically to use them to improve your time - but that seems a little scary to me. I have no answer, but I'm interested in what others think.