>> Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday was my second visit with Lindsey, my running PT.
At the end of our first visit, she said she wanted to show my running video to some of her colleagues to get some more input, but I didn't really know if she'd do that. So I was quite happy when she started my appt on Monday with "So I showed your video to someone else here, and we found something new...."
Guess what? I'm an overpronater AND an underpronater. ON THE SAME FOOT!
We looked at the video of me running again, and in SUPER slow-mo, it was easy to see that my left ankle tips WAY OUT when my foot lands, but then it tips WAY IN when I push off my foot. It's like there's a horizontal pin through my ankle (left-to-right) that is SHOOTING back-and-forth with each stride.
Or vice-versa... I don't remember...
Wait, actually I think it IS the other way around....
I've always had issues with my left leg: knee and heel issues in HS; IT and knee issues during IM training 4 years ago; heel issues starting up again 3 years ago; and now heel issues again. And it's because I'm just not structurally sound!
Lindsey basically gave me these points:
1. Keep doing the PT exercises I posted about this past weekend. Strengthening these little muscles WILL help keep things in place how they should be.
2. Get a good stability shoe. My Brooks Adrenaline's a stable / cushion shoe, and I could lean more towards stability.
3. Tighten my running shoes, and lace them up "higher." I used to use the holes that were more "forward" around the tongue of my shoe, but I switched now to the holes closer to my ankle so they hug my feet even more:
Now, if I can strengthen everything that needs to be strengthened, then I should be good.... right?