My first visit revealed that I still cross my feet in front of each other. My hips are pretty tight, but I need to kick my feet up in the back a little higher and move my right toe out just a smidgen. Apparently I started bringing it in when the pain in my foot started last year and I made it part of my form. I'm leaning in good and my cadence is great. YES!! Another non running issue I have that's affecting my running is my hips are off. I have an exercise to help this and a few other exercises to keep strength in my hips.
If your in Utah and interested in a great running clinic with Laura, it's located at the University Orthopaedic Center. She has all kinds of special treadmill and camera to analyze your form and I feel like she is very knowledgeable.
Although I didn't get a whole lotta time to do the exercises in one week I did do some and did a follow up with her last Wednesday. She also worked on me with this set of tools:
All along my right calf, foot and ankle. I was nervous and it did hurt but after it felt AMAZING! Then I ran on the treadmill after a couple of exercises and I was running so much better. I'm super excited! I wanted to run that day. Unfortunately I had rushed over there after a night shift so that wasn't going to happen.
Thursday morning I got up early and went to Corner Canyon to give it another run through. At first I still felt super tired. I could have been a little dehydrated from all the night shift work and not enough fluids, but I managed to hike up the 3 miles at a pretty good speed and even ran in 1 minute increments when I got to some spots that were not as steep.
My attempt at the Adrian bun. You will see that when I finish putting together my Ragnar posts. I think I need a "bun stuffer".
I love this spot. I picture an evening hike ending with a cuddle/makeout session as the sun sets. Or just a couple of friends watching the sunset after a hike. Who knows what my future holds.
A beautiful view!
At the top there is a picnic bench, a bike fixing thingy, a map and its a central place to at least 4 trails that I know of. I love getting up there and I usually take a few minutes to breath in the wonderful air and look around. This day I watched my "office" fly over a couple of times. I also saw lots of lots of bikers and just a couple of runners.
On the way down I attempted to take some pics as I ran. I didn't trip and die and I got a couple of great shots. I love running up where it's a little cooler. This day it wasn't too hot but it was super humid for Utah. I was soaking and I actually ran out of water at the last mile mark. It was an easy run down to my car and I felt fine.
Last summer when I was running so much I always had half frozen bottles of water in the freezer to fill up with water and leave in the car for when I was done. Well, I was smart enough to do it for this run!
My empty handheld and my super cold refreshing bottle of water waiting for me at my car. I don't think water has ever tasted that great.
The greatest thing of all is my foot felt pretty good! Using all the feedback from my physical therapist I could feel a difference. It was awesome! I can't wait to run again!
Here is a couple of pics of exercises the PT gave me to keep my hips strong:
I do both heels and then one heel at a time.
I also do Bucket Kickers - which I can't find a picture of. They get me pretty tired and I realize that even with all the exercise I do it's not nearly enough to keep my core tight.
In other news.
I am still working on collecting all the pictures I want for the Ragnar posts. I do have the "overheard" pretty much collected but I like to post that after pictures and stories!
Have a wonderful weekend? Any races?