Monday, December 19, 2011
Thanks to PT, my nagging hamstring (which we've determined is actually more inner thigh than hamstring) injury is on the road to recovery! Thanks to the same PT, however, I now look like a complete doofus when I run! Apparently, my hips have a lot of movement when I walk (don't most women's?), and I need to use my core more when I run, and kinda tuck my butt in more. I also need to stop locking out my knees when I stay, and just stop moving my hips around in general. Oh yeah, and keep my knees over my toes, and quit running like a duck.
Got all that? Try implementing while running! I've figured out that if I clench my cheeks when I do, it helps, but that sounds easier than it is, too. I went for a quick 2 mile run this weekend, and I swear I felt like a totally new runner. No, I don't mean in a good way, like "I feel like a new woman!". I mean like "I feel like I just took up running yesterday".
Changing your form is really hard. The 2 miles didn't feel bad, in fact, my injured area felt pretty good afterwards. I found it hard to get a good rhythm, though, which affected my breathing a bit (with which I NEVER have issues!), and muscles that don't normally get sore, got sore. I'm realizing that I typically use my hips a lot to push off and to stretch out my stride. My stride feels like it's shrunken by half now that I'm doing the tail tuck. Less hip push-off means more push-off with calves, and even standing still engages different muscles when I take the pressure off of my locked knees.
I have 2 more appts this week, and I'm hoping to get her to really watch my "new and improved" form on the dreadmill, as well as maybe take some video with my phone. I'm also planning a visit back to a local running store to have them re-evaluate my shoe needs, based on my issues and new funky form!
Plans for the rest of the month are 3x running per week, nothing more than a few miles at a time. Going to start throwing in some Nike Training Club with extra emphasis on watching my form. I'll take stock at the end of the month and decide if I'm ready to dive into January with my new training plan to start prepping for spring HMs.
Favorite new snack (thank you, Runners World!) is clementine segments dipped into melted dark chocolate, then popped into the fridge just long enough for the chocolate to set. Vitamin C and antioxidants!