How to Run Downhill Faster & Pain Free

In today’s new video on our YouTube channel (check out more of our videos here), I’m joined by my good friend Luke Tyburski, the endurance adventurer.

We take a few minutes to discuss downhill running techniques, and the errors we often see runners make when running downhill. Such flaws in technique tend to place more stress on the knees in particular.

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It’s certainly not uncommon for runners who come to me with knee pain to cite running downhill as being an aggravating factor for their symptoms.

Running downhill is largely a matter of confidence. As much as anything else, this confidence comes with practice!

Give the tips in the video a try on your next hilly run 🙂

Let me know how you get on in the comments…

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Learn more about Luke’s time in Nepal: Mount Everest Ultra Marathon – Ten Tips

Last updated on January 10th, 2019.


  1. Great video. I struggled with downhill running for a long time, then when I switched to forefoot running from heel-striking I experimented with different ways of running downhill. Seems as though I stumbled (not literally!) upon the correct way of doing it! Leaning into the hill a bit and trying to land forefoot without over balancing is the way I do it. And I love flailing my arms about for counterbalance – makes the whole thing a lot more fun! 😀

  2. Excellent advise as usual – there is one body position missing from the video. I met few people who were not holding their core and slightly bending at their waist. Then they were overstriding and landing on their toes in front of the body weight causing calfs problems rather than knees or back

  3. Thanks James, I am a typical lean back heel jammer, and always suffer ankle pain after steep downhills. I’ll try this advice and see what happens. Cheers

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