I was at a wedding this last weekend in Fort William. We arrived quite early so had a few hours spare. My wife didn't want to walk so I decided to go for a fell run up Ben Nevis (not all the way to the top I might add).
I did 2 hours in total. 1:15 up and 45 down. (I was most alarmed to hear the record is 1:25 up to the TOP and back!!).
Anyhow, obviously my thigh and calf muscles were pretty stiff two days later. I do run pretty frequently, but I'm certainly not a serious runner. I do also run off road quite a lot (whenever I can really). But rarely on a surface that bouldery.
(1) Boy it's hard work isn't it.
(2) As you land each heel on the way down - should you be making a real effort to be landing on bended knee. Sort of sitting down as you run. Or is that not what damages the knee?
(3) Is this a really stupid activity for the knees - my knees are in reasonable shape I think. But given I haven't spent ages training to build up supporting muscles, should I absolutely avoid doing that kind of session - or is it fine once in a while. You have to learn somehow right?
(4) I'm a keen kite flyer. Big kites. I've often wanted to get into paragliding - just an extension of big four line kites I'm told. It made me seriously consider taking lessons in paragliding. Then I could just do the up bit (which felt very good for me) then enjoy the flight down. Personally I hated the downhill bit. Does anybody know anyone who does this?