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Speaking of punking out early, the reason I only swam for 40 minutes
this morning was because I had an appointment with a physical therapist
to talk about my running injuries. I made the appointment back when I
couldn't run and could barely ride, but still had plenty to talk about.
We discussed triathlon, my PT is also one of the tribe, and he quickly
pinpointed my problem areas with a few questions and tests. Turns out my
right leg is weaker than my left. I did a few one-legged squats and
there was all kinds of inward wobble. That plus a few "Pull against me"
and "Resist this pressure" tests confirmed it. Weak hamstring and
gluteus minimus muscles mean a funky stride. Funky stride means greater
risk of injury. So he showed me how to do hamstring curls using a
balance ball, one-legged wall squats/supported squats, and side steps
with a band around my ankles for tension.
Then, being a cool PT,
he checked their schedule and lo and behold, a running clinic was
starting in two hours and it had an opening! So I signed up, ran home,
grabbed workout gear and Bikilas, ate a bagel, and headed back.
This was fun. They did a lot of talking about various stride choices, but pushed POSE Running heavily,
focusing on a mid foot stride. I figured I had an in with this since my
shoe choices pushed me into that style of running two years ago. Surely
that would mean I had an edge.
Well, kind of. We got to do a
video analysis of our running, first from the side and then from the
front, and then they went through them one by one in slow motion telling
us what they saw and how to fix it. My list, while not as big as some,
was not exactly small.
The first this they noted from my video
was I was still overstriding a little bit. I was the only person in the
group with no heal strike and a very minor overstride, but it was there.
The foot should contact the ground right under center mass with a
lightly bent knee for impact absorption. I was still kicking a little
From the front view
the PT confirmed that yes, I am dropping my hip on the right side, which
would be caused by the hamstring/glute weakness and would cause the problems I'd been complaining of.
haven't been thinking too much about stride recently. Well, not any
further than, "I hope my stride isn't going to hurt me." For a long time
I was running comfortably. If I was relaxed and comfortable and smooth,
it was good. Now I'll be back to thinking a lot about what my body is
doing. There are lots of things to work on, so I'll be slowing down and
working them one by one. Can't try all of them at once, I'll get lost,
confused, and fall down. And on non-run days I'll be working the drills and exercises they gave me. Times will get slower for a while, but that's ok. We think long-term here at Dirtbag Fitness.