Originally Posted by clarinetplayer
4 miles. Why is it easier to run up a hill rather than down?
the running form going up a hill mimics what minimalist runners try to achieve on flat lands...
you basically run landing on the ball of foot, using your hamstrings and calves' muscle groups' elasticity to absorb your weight and the brunt of the landing and using shorter more frequent efficient strides.
running up a hill is actually very forgiving on the body from a running form/anatomical standpoint.
running downhill mimics the opposite... the instinct is to land on the heel and a straighter leg with fewer longer strides - so you're putting a lot of stress on your tendon's and bones during each foot strike.