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Louise Damen
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What is the best way to train for a downhill race if there are no hills for me to train on near my house?

This is a tricky one as you are slightly limited by geography, but it might be worth investigating whether there are any treadmills locally that offer negative inclines, enabling you to effectively run downhill. Downhill running places a tremendous eccentric load through your quads and hamstrings so it’s important to build this type of training into your schedule gradually to avoid injury. You could also supplement your training with some additional eccentric exercises in the gym. Slow squats and Nordic hamstring curls are great exercises to help build eccentric strength and control.

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Louise has been running for over 20 years, with the last 16 of those at International level. She has represented Grea...