Thursday, June 6, 2019

Gait Analysis

I nervously watched the video of me running barefoot on the treadmill. In my experience, watching myself on camera is not pleasant. I usually expect to look much better than I actually do. But to my surprise my running actually looked pretty good. A long ponytail swished back and forth. There were actual muscles in my legs. I was striking mid foot instead of heel. Not bad!

Well, except for the fact that one hip drops a lot lower than the other. Ann pointed it out. "There's supposed to be some drop," she said. "But not this much."

This could be the elusive reason why I am getting so many aches and pains on one side of my body. And it is likely tied to the trail running fall I took in 2012, where I hit my back on the same side as the hip drop. Darn! What to do?

The answer is nothing fancy. Strengthen the adductors doing leg lifts and lurching around like Frankenstein with a band circling my legs. Core work. Side planks, and side planks with a leg lifted (this is really hard). I would be lying if I said I really don't want to add more stuff to my exercise routine. I already find it hard to keep up while working a full time job. But I don't want to get injured anymore. So there you go. Frankenstein it is.

My tendonitis cleared up after I week but I stuck it out for three more, gritting my teeth when the weather turned nice and people started talking about all the hikes they were doing. Instead, I rode my bike and showed up at the gym way more often than I usually do. I'm ready to hike again! So I am heading down to Walker Pass to do a section of the PCT (my last long one!). The fear mongering is high this year, since there is so much snow. I hope I finish, but the conditions will dictate how far I go.

At PT, there was an older woman who was struggling to do a few exercises. She watched me run for five minutes on the treadmill. "Are you training for a marathon?" she asked.

Hardly. But I had to take a minute to be grateful that despite the aches and pains I sometimes have, I can still do this. Someday, I may not be able to. Today is not that day.



9 comments:

  1. Wow, I can't believe it's been 7 yrs since that fall. It's crazy how things we think have healed lay lurking under the surface for so long. Then all of a sudden, hello, we've decided we want to wreack havoc just because you have major plans, and big accomplishments to complete.
    Ack, the dreaded side planks with leg lifted. I forgot how dreaded they were until PT last summer. They did help though. I think if it means for you the difference between hiking for a year or more longer, or for YEARS to come, definitely opt for the PT exercises.
    Enjoy the next section of your hike. Listen to your body, mind and trust your gut.

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    1. Thanks. I'm pretty motivated but I forget to do the exercises sometimes. I need more conference calls at work. Haha

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  2. Ha, the fun of physical therapy. My most dreaded exercise is walking sideways in a squat with that band around my legs. All of the quad burn. I also have to spend many boring minutes swiveling on a balance board and focusing on keeping my hips forward. I'm really trying, though, because I am tired of my balance issues. There's some hope there, so I understand your motivation. Keep up the good work. I'm a bit envious you're already hiking again.

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    1. I have to do those too. I always think people in the gym are staring at me as I hobble with a band. I haven't done the balance thing though.

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  3. I think you have a misnegation there. You wrote, "I would be lying if I said I really don't want to add more stuff to my exercise routine", but the context implies that you meant the exact opposite of that.

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    1. Haha! Maybe secretly I DO want to add more stuff to it!

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  4. Leslie spent all last winter teaching her body how to work right again as she spent way too many years favoring some part. You can do it yes you can!

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    1. She is an animal so if she can now do the stuff she is doing, there's a good reason for me to work on it.

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  5. Surprised and thrilled you are back to the trail. It has to be kind to you this time round.

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