Efficient Downhill Running Technique

Each year GPC Squad athletes love competing in the Run Forrest Trail Running Events over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. With a total elevation change of 2000m over 21.1km, Coach Steph’s technique tips for running downhill will come in very handy.

Check out his short video & a summary of what is covered:

  • Engage your core muscles in abdomen & hips
  • Lean forward and aim to strike the ground with a flat foot or mid-foot
  • Hold arms higher to help stabilise
  • Take short fast steps (high cadence)
  • Avoid striking the ground with your heels & taking long strides
  • Avoid leaning back as this may overload the muscles in your back causing discomfort or injury

running technique

For more information on running technique check out Run Mechanics & Running Uphill

Love trail running? Check out the Benefits of Trail Running and Benefits of Hill/Stair Reps