By Cindy Kuzma on
It's not all about uphills. Train on descents to build strength, increase speed and boost co-ordination – and don’t forget to have some fun.
When most runners tackle hills, they focus on the difficulty of the climb. But downhill running poses its own set of challenges – and rewards. Descending feels easy aerobically, but each step triggers muscle-damaging eccentric contractions in the quadriceps and lower legs, says Greg Wells, an exercise physiologist at the ...