Beware Of The Slant Of The Road


If you run the same road (which is steeply slanted), in the same direction, day in and day out – it can lead to running injuries. Also, if the road is slanted even more steeply – it can throw your stride off. Some of the things that this can cause are IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and more. So, you need to be aware of the pitch of the road you are running on and make allowances.
You may hear others say that they switch up and run the road in the opposite direction to compensate for the pitch of the road. I will never recommend this as a solution. For safety, I believe that you should always run facing traffic. If you run your route the other way – you will not be doing that.

One of the things that you can do is to switch routes. Try to find a running route where the road does not pitch as much as what you may be running on now. You might be able to find a park or place where the slant is not as bad.

Another thing that you can do is to run more to the side of the road on the shoulder than on the road. I’ve found that the road usually levels out more when you get to the edge of the road. This will help tremendously.

It is important for you to watch the camber (or slant) of the road when you are out on your runs. This may be something that you have never thought about before – but should be aware of. However, if you have to run on roads that are slanted – make sure that you are icing and self massaging when you finish.