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Old 03-26-12, 03:43 PM
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I'm still working on the theory that cross training will help, the question is: how much do you need. I started adding 1 mile of running during my morning bike commute, giving me 30 miles cycling and 1 mile running per day. I also started to stand on the pedals 25% of the time. After about a month, it has not really helped so far with the downhill leg pain, but I will try a few more months.
Some will say that's not enough cross training, but it would be impossible for my schedule to spend 2 hours of cycling and 1 hour of running per day.
BTW, I get the leg pain hiking down hill (say Sunday) after a day of rest, I do not get the pain hiking without a day of rest (say Saturday). Why is that?

For me, after >3 years of daily stretches, the pain has got a bit better.
My work around when it happens is to stop and stretch the quads and hamstrings for 1-2 minutes, walk on, and repeat as needed.... There is still pain, but it seems to reach a limit that I can take.
So, in the end, is there one answer? Probably not.
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