The title is a quote from my awesome running friend Susie, (I have told you about her here)
Wit a couple of exceptions, which would probably lead to bigger problems than just running, she is right. However, I don’t have any…well…I have some, I can move my legs and sit down and stand up and stuff. But I do, it turns out have stiff hips, and stiff ankles and some other stuff which I will get to shortly…
I know known these things for a while, in a vague way, but yesterday as part of my PT sessio I aske Matt if we could do a running assessment so that I could attempt to fix problems before running the half marathon. My hips have been hurting a bit the day after runnign and I was interested to know if there was anything he could see that might be causing it. He is well placed to be able to figure it out as he is a personal trainer and sports therapist and has a degree in the subject…
So I had to run on a treadmill…
It was terrifying!!
But not for too long which was ok… and I learned a few things…
I have stiff hips and ankles, I have feet which externally rotate (especially the right which explains a lot) I don’t pick my feet up enough and sort of shuffle along…
Matt gave me some mobility exercises to do with a resistance band and lots of stretches and foam rolling instructions 😊
Me after the session…extremely relieved to have survived running on a treadmill!
When lunchtime came around I decided to attempt to put some of these things into practice..:I concentrated on keeping me feet pointing in the right direction and lifting them up..:it was hard work and I forgot to keep doing it once I got tired…however it will all work out eventually 😊
Day 58 done 🙂
2 thoughts on “Day 58: You can’t have too much hip flexibility for running…”
My boyfriend always comments that I tend to hobble after my long runs (which I do on weekends – and that’s when I see him!) and I do. My hip flexors are the weak spot, but I’ve been more faithful with my foam roller. Sunday was my long run, and Sunday night I got that thing out and spent some quality time with it… boy does it hurt, but I’m discovering, it is helping my recovery! Good luck on your changes!
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It seems like it is a long way off but I’ll get there!
And you are right about foam rollers….soooooo painful!!!
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