Mix it up on the downhill
The joy of a slow start, and lactate threshold explained. Finally!
Running downhill causes muscle soreness because of the volume of eccentric or ‘lengthening’ muscle contractions involved. But researchers in France believe you can mitigate that pain by varying your footstrike pattern between a forefoot (or midfoot) and heel strike. The study1 found this variation was associated with less damage, which may be due to better distribution of the load of downhill running across the body’s musculoskeletal system.
57 PERCENTAGE OF RUNNERS WHO INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED THEIR FOOTSTRIKE IN A RECENT STUDY. 3