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11/22/13 3:05 P

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Thanks for the info, everyone. I did some hip internal rotation exercises yesterday and today's run was noticeably easier - no pain, just mild discomfort. I think I will keep on the course of exercises prescribed by my physical therapist and pay close attention to strengthening my hips and see what happens. I will go back to my PT if I don't see more improvement soon.

ALL4THEMUTTS, I hear you. Not everyone is built to run. I know my body and a full marathon is not going to happen. Maybe a half one day, but for now, I'm content with improving my 10k pace.

First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00
Second 10k - May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

10k PR - 55:21 September 7, 2014

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


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11/22/13 1:33 P

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I will add (in my skeptic's opinion, such as it is) -
Not all running store personnel are running experts. They are certainly not doctors or PTs.
If there are actual mechanical issues, I would seek out more expert advice.

Our bodies are built how they are. Some people are more appropriately adapted to some activities over others. Some of these can be overcome - but may have associated costs.

This sounds all way more harsh than I mean it to. But certain aspects are more difficult for different people. You should have the right people trying to help you achieve your goals. It may be some simple cross training will set you right. Or not. But don't let the store clerk tell you that.

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11/21/13 3:53 P

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When your knees collapse inward with running it is usually due to hip/glute weakness and is a common cause of patellar pain. Some good sites with strengthening exercises and form work are kinetic-revolution.com and naturalrunningcenter.com. A good book is Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry. I bet if you went back to your PT they would be glad to video tape your running and help you out.

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11/21/13 1:14 P

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You can often find free or low-cost running clinics at local running stores, or there are books, "chi running" and so on.



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11/21/13 12:57 P

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The salesperson at my local running store says I run with my feet pointed somewhat outward instead of straight ahead, that my arches collapse a little and that my knees roll inward. She had me try a pair of insoles with stiff arch support but I found them painful. She said they weren't right for me if they caused pain.

I've been doing exercises to strengthen my hips and fix an imbalance in my quads prescribed by my physical therapist for patellofemoral pain syndrome for months. It's definitely getting better but I'm wondering if my running gait is contributing to the problem.

How do I fix this and run with proper form? Are there exercises I can do? Do I need to hire a running coach? Or do I figure it's just how my body is built and keep doing the exercises to strengthen my knees, hips, and quads?

First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00
Second 10k - May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

10k PR - 55:21 September 7, 2014

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


 current weight: -4.0  under
 
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