>Health and Nutrition>Foot/knee biomechanical issues?
Im no good with photoshop or I would have dropped a better head on that pic...Ill get back to you with some exercises. I will have to search the web or scan some pictures.
Yeah .... the, um, 95-year-old woman's head on the 14-year-old girl's body in a circa 1922 bathing suit really creeped me out.
Needs more cowbell!
I emphasize, running does not put you at high risk for ACL tear...this type of anatomy does put you at risk for hip pain and foot/calf pain with repetative activities like running...as you already know! You have taken steps to correct for your pronation with shoes and you probably are a good candidate for orthotics. You should also put in some regular work on your hip rotator...external rotators heavily, as well as heavy on the abductors and some extra hip extensor work. A PT would do a better job at checking your mechanics than would an orthopod. if you can find a podiatrist with a special interest in runners, run with that, especially if he casts for orthotics him/herself.
Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
But if you want to continue to progress your distances and speed you have to work on strength anyway. Why not identify your weaknesses and attack them. isnt it cold up there in Michigan during the winter, what a great time of year to address your core strength. Oh by the way your hip rotators and just core muscles. Can anyone argue we runners dont need to work on those!
As for the aches and pains to start subsiding--after about a year of consistent running I noticed a big drop-off in the little minor injuries--especially the runners knee--then over the next 5 years they have continued to become less and less frequent and noticeable. It can definitely be a grind sometimes, but in the long run it's worth the effort, I think.
But I think most people give up on running way too easily and they really miss out in the end. We all work with or bump into people at the schoolyard who say, "Oh, I can't run, it's bad for my knees," or some such easy out. I have to sort of chuckle and think back to all those nights on the couch with a bag of ice on each knee--and all those o'dark early mornings of hobbling through the first couple of miles until things loosened up. You can't argue with these people, so I usually just reply with something like, "Yeah, it's not for everyone."