Question....I've recently started doing trail running/ hiking with lots of downhill running that involve some pretty steep hills as I live in a mountainous state. I've added this to my regular running, so that I am alternating between hiking/trail running one day and then road running one day. My problem is that my knees are KILLING me! I have had my feet casted for running orthotics and my physical therapist that did my orthotics said that my shoes are fine.
Is this "normal" in the beginning when I suddenly add something like hills to my training routine? Will the pain go away or should I give up the hills for good??
Anyone have any experience with this or advice?
Thanks in advance!!
Take a look at What goes up must come down - Up does not always equal down: Downhill Running. Hill running can be more stressful than level running, especially downhill running. Too long a stride can contribute to injury. Learn to run downhill with better form.
Damien Howell PT, DPT, OCS - www.damienhowellpt.com
Thanks Damien. That article was really helpful I feel like I am using the correct technique, or at least trying, like you described in the article - especially when running down the super steep hills I do when I am running in the mountains, but my knees still hurt a lot. Maybe I just need to back off, cut back, or stick to flat roads.