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    I remember when I was orienteering I read an article by Gareth Bryan-Jones in which he advocated "5-yard memory": instead of watching the ground under your next step, keep your eyes on the ground about 5 yards ahead of you. I never got further with this than making a conscious effort to do it for a while, and then forgetting and lapsing back into watching where I was going to plant my next footstep; but it certainly did improve my running over rough terrain while I was doing it. Obviously I should have practised it until it became automatic.

    Although it was recommended in the context of running through rough orienteering terrain (typically forest), I think it would also apply to downhill running.
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    I remember reading in a copy of Trail Runner mag that was knocking about that Killian suggested closing your eyes for a few seconds on a track descent to try and help feel/terrain reading skills. Not sure if he was taking the piss though...

    What I would say is when you reach the top of the hill, take the first 20s or so quite easy ("float" pace) to take a few deep breaths and try and reverse the oxygen debt a bit and the legs striding out, before giving it some stick
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    Nah, practice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derby Tup View Post
    Nah, practice
    Back in the day when I was racing regularly, my buddy and I used to always say, "You can improve your ascending with training; but not your descending. The only way to improve your descending is by racing regularly and going head to head with those around you - who are equally as mental as yourself."
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    Good summary

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheezing donkey View Post
    Back in the day when I was racing regularly, my buddy and I used to always say, "You can improve your ascending with training; but not your descending. The only way to improve your descending is by racing regularly and going head to head with those around you - who are equally as mental as yourself."
    Indeed. I have bored people for years with my "winning is a mental more than a physical process".

    Every runner can run faster if they can release "mother lifts lorry weighing several tons to rescue her child" adrenalin - as in a lifetime rival coming up on one's shoulder within sight of the finish funnel.
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    Agreed. Especially if the rival is old enough to be your mum / dad, or young enough to be your child

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