Sunday, December 22, 2013

Physical Therapy -- Second Visit

Gavin video-taped my running.  It was painful to watch.  I don't run, I lumber.  Despite that I keep an erect posture, which I accomplish by arching my lower back.  Tight hip-flexors mean my lower back arches even further with each stride in order to achieve any follow-through.  My feet kick sideways to clear the ground because I don't kick off enough with my feet and calves.  My hips dip by greater than 10 degrees side-to-side.  I spend a long time in the air between foot-strikes.  And my stride is really slow.

Current drill:  run 4 x 3' at 170 strikes/minute and 2' at my "normal" stride.  By the end of the series it is painful -- literally -- to return to the normal stride.  I see the treadmill shake as I land on it.  My knees and ankles hurt as I land with the longer, slower stride.  In contrast, the 170 strikes per minute running is light, easy, lovely.

I don't know how long it will take to internalize this particular change and I don't think the fight is nearly over, but so far this week has been a remarkable exercise in learning how to run.


  1. Love reading about this since I have been thru so much of the same. Good luck as you keep at it!

  2. Ditto.

    I look forward to working on my mechanics when my self (and heel) imposed hiatus ends, hopefully in a few weeks.

  3. Ah, hip flexors, the bane of my existence.