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I suck going downhill! - Matt C's advise
Chuck in Cincinnati
7/9/2013 6:30:04 AM
Matt's advice makes a lot of sense, but he is leaving a key component out. He has years and years of hard trail experience. So in some cases hard trail runners assume, we non-trail runners know what is rattling around in their heads for stuff they now take for granted ? He knows that trail like the back of his hand, in fact he probably calls out every rock and root by names he has given them over the years ? Me on the other hand, trip over pebbles on a flat pavement race, let alone going downhill at 13% grade! I'm pretty much a trailing foot dragger not a stepper. 90 percent of the time it's not the lead foot that gets me in trouble, it the trailing foot. My trail foot is like a pack bungee cords. it only hooks stuff you don't want it too ? I proved that to myself, by looking at the top toe box of the brand new, only had 20 miles on them, running shoes that I ran in for PPM. There were so many cuts, scrapes, and scuffs on the toe box that I swore those shoes had 400 miles on them when done. This meant I had to get my trail foot even higher because I wasn't perpendicular to the trail, which meant I was leaning back. So yes, Matt's assessment of running perpendicular to the trail is correct, but that also means, you will be going much faster than I felt comfortable with, especially on an un-familiar trail. I ran trails in my area twice a week which has roots and rocks to run on and step over, so I thought I had a good handle on it, But the PPM trail was a "Are you kidding me trail ?" I'll admit it, "Hi, my name is Chuck, I am a downhill trail wimp". I'm glad I had enough sense to enjoy the PPM run, and not try to race it for a better time! Enjoy the run, and good luck !
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