Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fixing my wonky gait

This morning I finally got in to see my new PT about my knee pain. I am very excited about working with her and fixing my issues . . . of which I have some a few of.

I expected her to hammer home the ideas of stretching and strengthening, which is what my previous PT did. Instead she checked out a bunch of things about my body and the way it moves and then had me run on the treadmill for a while. She video taped me and had me watch the video while she explained what she was noticing. It turns out one of my legs kind of collapses in every time I land on it and my pelvis becomes quite tilted. It was actually surprising to me that I am able to run as well as I do after watching how terrible my gait looks on video! My foot strikes where it should (phew!) but other than that, yeah, I am kind of a mess. I also actually kind of lean back from center as I run, which isn't good at all. This all means I have to start working on what are basically the chi running ideas (she never specifically referred to chi running, but the ideas were all the same). I also have to practice stepping forward while keeping my pelvis level. I would definitely benefit from having a full length mirror to stand in front of . . . I need to get my hands on one. I also am in the market for new running shoes, as my Brooks Adrenalines are too much shoe for me to be dragging along when I don't have a need for that much support. This definitely excites me, I have had my eyes on some neutral shoes for a while!

My PT also thinks we should know in a week or two if I am going to be able to run my marathon, but in the meantime I need to keep my fitness level up. Whatever I have scheduled for running I need to get those minutes in on the elliptical. Not fun, but you know what, I will do what it takes!

Has anyone else had success changing the way you run? How much work did it take?

2 comments:

  1. Look at all the miles you've run (widget on the sidebar)! Holy cats. I want to go get video taped to get a shoe recommendation. I'm sure it won't be as thorough as with a PT but my friend said it was really cool. Good luck, Sybil. I have a feeling you can do whatever it takes to keep running!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Yes, it's amazing how many miles a person can run kind of lopsided! ha ha.
      You know what, you can even have someone stand and video you on a treadmill. Watch it in slow-mo and you can see if your pelvis stays level, where your feet strike, all of that good stuff. Some shoe stores will video you, too. The one I went to only took video of my feet, however. It helps you figure out the right shoes, but it doesn't give you a clear picture of your gait. Definitely get a good pair of shoes if you are going to keep running!

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