Saturday, 14 September 2013

wanted - nice long steady grassy downhill to train on.

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, September 14, 2013 with 1 comment
I am quite keen to try some downhill training this year. The following is a really interesting article which has whetted my appetite.

"Damaging muscle fibers with eccentric contractions makes them heal back stronger, protecting them from future damage. A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 1985 found that just a single 30-minute run downhill at 10 percent grade had a prophylactic effect on muscle damage and soreness for up to six weeks. Therefore, while you can expect your muscles to be sore after the first time running downhill, subsequent downhill workouts will cause less soreness. Add downhills to your training a little at a time. Start with a short, gradual slope of about two to three percent grade, and progress to steeper and longer descents".

Read on at

If downhill running isn't your thing, you could try walking 5k every day.

1 comment:

  1. I've been enjoying sections of downhill running in the Hokas. They're great for running carelessly down dirt trails!

    How about 10 x 1k (the downhill 1k) at Stromlo, walk/jog back up?